NJC Pay Offer 2022


UNISON will consult their members on whether to accept or reject the NJC 2022/23 pay offer of £1925.

That’s the result of last week’s NJC committee meeting where North-West Branches voted 17 to 10 to reach out and get the views of the membership.

The consultation is scheduled be launched in the week beginning the 15 August with a closing date of 19 September to give members in schools the time to be properly consulted.

The NJC recommendation shall remain neutral while pointing out the pros and cons of the offer but with no accept or reject recommendation. That choice will be down to the council and schools’ workers who are affected by the pay offer.

UNISON aim to hold a webinar and produce more member contact resources to fully explain the offer and consultation.

Cumbria County Branch will continue to provide updates to members.



Council and schools staff in Cumbria have been offered a pay rise of £1925 by the NJC.

That’s the equivalent of a 10.5% increase in the wages of the lowest paid workers and a 4.04% rise for those at the top of the scales. Payments would be backdated to 1 April 2022.  The one-year deal would also see an increase of 4.04% on all allowances and an extra day of annual leave from April 2023.

However, claims for a one-off Covid payment, the introduction of a homeworking allowance, the introduction of a school support staff retention payment scheme and a reduction of the working week to 35 hours with no loss of pay were rejected by the employers.  And with RPI currently at 11.8%, the offer is in real terms, a pay cut.

There is no mileage increase in the deal, but the LGA will write to HMRC to ask for a review of mileage rates and there is an agreement to continue term time work, discuss family leave and pay discussions, and discuss homeworking policy.

The UNISON NJC committee will meet on Friday, 29 July 2022 to discuss the deal further and we will further inform Members of any developments.