Pay awards

UCEA conducts collective pay negotiations with the five HE trade unions - UCU, UNISON, Unite, EIS and GMB - on behalf of a significant number of UK HE institutions. This is done through the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (JNCHES). UCEA member institutions decide individually whether they will participate in each negotiating round to address the uplift to be applied to the national pay spine. The negotiations take place annually, between March and May with dispute resolution meetings held in July if necessary.

The University remains committed to the national bargaining arrangements via New JNCHES and is committed to constructive dialogue with the trade unions. Once agreed for implementation the University applies the pay award to all staff on non-clinical grades. Further information about the process is available from UCEA.

Separate arrangements exist for Clinical pay awards, which are agreed nationally by UCEA and effective from 1 April each year. The awards tend to reflect what has been agreed for NHS salary scales.

See latest news for information about the current pay negotiations.

2024 Oxford Living Wage uplift

With effect from 1 April 2024, all members of University staff who are currently on points 10-13 of the University’s main incremental salary scale will receive an increase in salary to reflect the annual rise in the Oxford Living Wage. The hourly rate of the Oxford Living Wage is rising from £11.35 to £12.49 an hour. The increased rates will be reflected from April pay.

The uplift has been applied to the existing pay structure, to ensure that salaries for the lowest paid staff reflect the new rate as soon as possible. No adjustments have been made to reconcile points 10-13 at this stage, while a review of the salary structures is underway as part of the Pay & Conditions review. Initial outcomes of this review are due to shared with all staff in Trinity term 2024.

Action for Departments

  • The uplift will be implemented by central teams in the April payroll. No action is required by departments to amend rates.

Pay scales

Information about past pay awards (both clinical and non-clinical) can be downloaded below. 

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PERS(19)07 2019 Salary increases for clinical academic and related staff
PERS(19)06 Revision of University salary scales 2019: all non-clinical staff
PERS(19)04 Recoding miscellaneous pay and the introduction of new allowances
PERS(19)02 Hours on payslips


Earlier circulars

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