Laura Sharman 02 November 2022

Council pay offer accepted by unions

Council pay offer accepted by unions image
Image: RobertoBarcellona /

Local government trade unions have accepted a pay offer that equates to a 10.5% increase for the lowest-paid workers.

UNISON and GMB have agreed to accept the offer, which is the highest offered in over a decade. The deal will see hundreds of thousands staff paid an extra £1,925 this year.

The offer has been rejected by Unite, who said it represents a cut in real terms.

The offer - which will be backdated to 1 April 2022 - includes an 4% increase to allowances and a one day increase to annual leave from 1 April 2023.

UNISON national secretary for local government, Mike Short, said: 'UNISON members voted clearly to accept this pay offer, and it will come as a welcome relief to many of our members – particularly those who are lower-paid – that it has been agreed before the holiday period.

'Our immediate priority, now, is to get the money into the pay packets of workers as soon as possible, to help deal with the rapidly rising cost of living and move into the next pay round.

'We know there is much more to do, as this pay settlement is still below inflation and we will be looking to submit a pay claim for 2023 as soon as practically possible, so the employers have no excuse for delaying making an offer, next year.'

The unions warned that the offer means the bottom three points on the pay scale will still fall below the Foundation Living Wage rate of £10.90.

A spokesperson for Local Government Employers said: 'The employers are pleased that agreement has been reached. Councils will be working hard to get the pay increase, and backpay, into employees’ salaries in time for Christmas.'

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Developer (Permanent and 12-month maternity cover)

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£51,093 - £69,068
Royal Greenwich is a vibrant borough, with a rich history and diverse community. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Prevention Assessor

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band D, SCP 9 -17 (£25,119 - £28,770 per annum)
We are currently seeking to recruit highly enthusiastic and motivated Prevention Assessors Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Planning Officer

North Yorkshire Council
Entry Level
£35,745 - £40,221
Recuriter: North Yorkshire Council

Corporate Complaints, Learning and Improvement Manager RBKC616184

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£64,929 - £74,220 per annum
Develop positive partnerships with the voluntary groups that work in our communities Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Service Lead, Performance, Policy and Delivery

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
£58,215 - £63,564 per annum (min and max salary for the job).
We have an exciting opportunity for to join us as Service Lead for Performance, Policy and Delivery! Maidenhead, Berkshire
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.