NJC pay rates for 2016 and 2017

NICVA, the sector body in Northern Ireland, reports that the local government NJC pay rates, from 1 April 2016 and 1 April 2017, have been agreed. These pay scales are widely used by voluntary groups as a basis for their own rates (across the UK although not necessarily Scotland).

The NICVA article has more details, useful links and also the new scale points.

Update: Sandy Adirondack’s Legal Update also outlines the pay settlement and has an alternative link for the full pay scales. » Continue reading news item ... “NJC pay rates for 2016 and 2017”

Minimum pay rates from April 2016

The regulations for the National Living Wage coming in from 1st April 2016 have now been made.

The new minimum pay from 1st April 2016 will be:

  • age 25 plus – £7.20 per hour (the National Living Wage)
  • 21 to 25, £6.70ph
  • 18 to 21 years, £5.30ph
  • under 18 £3.87ph
  • apprentices £3.30ph

Even our immediate source, Daniel Barnett’s Employment Law Bulletin, points out that this “is nothing more than a tweak to the minimum wage regulations”. » Continue reading news item ... “Minimum pay rates from April 2016”

Negotiating NJC pay rates from April 2016

Northern Ireland umbrella body NICVA has an update on progress (or not) on the 2016/17 pay claim for the NJC payscales. These are negotiated between trade unions and local government employers, for use across Northern Ireland, England and Wales, and are widely referred to by voluntary organisations.

The cost of living increase for 2016/17 has not yet been agreed,with the unions wanting pay rates below the UK Living Wage abolished, and a flat rate increase of £1 per hour on all other pay points. » Continue reading news item ... “Negotiating NJC pay rates from April 2016”

Varying fortunes in sector pay

Charity chief executives body ACEVO has published the results of this year’s CEO pay survey, covering the period to March 2014.

Headline findings include:

  • Average CEO pay in the sample fell from £60,000 to £55,000, a real-term decrease of 5.9%.
  • Median CEO pay was highest in London (at £68,000) and lowest in Wales (£37,849).
  • The gender pay gap fell slightly, with median female pay 16.3% lower than median male pay as against 18.6% last year.
 » Continue reading news item ... “Varying fortunes in sector pay”

NJC pay rates 2014/15 finally agreed

The local government NJC pay rates for 2014 /16 have now been agreed – they apply in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and are widely referenced in the voluntary sector.

NICVA has the outlines and links to details at http://www.nicva.org/article/njc-pay-agreement-reached-pay-increase, or find the ‘joint circular’ (pdf, 212KB) at http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/localgovernmentworkersfairpay/, which contains the revised scales.


This is one of our most popular news items, but is not the latest on NJC rates – see all items tagged ‘payscales’.

Strike over NJC pay scales

Public sector trade unions were on strike as this news was collated (10th July), with one issue being the current pay dispute over the NJC (National Joint Council) rates, covering over a million local government employees in Northern Ireland, England and Wales.

NICVA news item http://www.nicva.org/news/njc-payscales-trade-union-members-vote-industrial-action, which reminds organisations who use NJC pay scales that those from April 2013 remain in place until further notice.