Scottish sector members vote to accept improved pay offer

The pay award delivers an increase of at least £2,200 for all staff earning £36,000 or less as well as other improvements and guarantees.

PCS members in the Scottish devolved sector have voted to accept an improved offer on 2022/23 pay, as well as on jobs and working hours. 75% of members who voted in the electronic ballot voted to accept the offer.

The offer, secured through intensive negotiations between January and March, includes:

  • An enhanced pay award, delivering a total increase of at least £2,200 for all staff earning £36,000 or less, with the additional payment over members’ initial 2022/23 increase being fully consolidated and pensionable.
  • An extension of the 'No compulsory redundancy guarantee' for all staff up to 31 March 2025.
  • A commitment to draw up a detailed plan during 2023/24 to deliver pay coherence for staff in the equivalent of the two lowest civil service grades, with an aim to implement this in 2024/25.
  • A 12-month pilot of a ‘wellbeing hour’ for all staff with a 37-hour working week, as a potential step towards a shorter working week on a contractual basis. National Galleries of Scotland and National Museum of Scotland have both agreed to move to a 35-hour week by spring 2024, subject to negotiations on the detailed implementation.

We expect the additional pay award to be implemented for those eligible as soon as possible and talks should also begin soon on the implementation of the wellbeing hour pilot. Negotiations over 2023/24 pay will start soon.

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