Following a ballot of members, the National Assembly for Wales branch has agreed to accept the pay offer negotiated by PCS and TUS. Members will benefit by receiving uplifts and back-pay in their January 2019 salaries.
The long-term pay deal will cover seven financial years, ending on 31 March 2025.
For this financial year (2018 – 2019):
- Staff will receive pay increases as follows
- 3% for staff earning £36,500 or less
- 2% for staff earning above £36,500 but less than £80,000
- £1,600 pay increase for staff earning above £80,000.
- 3% increase in the SDA that will rise automatically in line with future team support maximum pay band.
- The maximum amount of annual leave that can be “sold back” will be reduced to four days a year.
- Harmonisation of flexi and overtime bandwidths at 7am to 7pm.
All pay increases will be backdated to 1 August, 2018, with overtime changes taking immediate effect.
For the 2019 – 2020 financial year:
- The team support minimum rate will be increased to £10 an hour.
- Flexi time will be replaced with three accounting periods, based on the assembly terms, with changes due to take effect from 28 April).
- The maximum flexi deficit as the end of the Christmas, Easter and summer recess periods will continue at two days, however the maximum credit balances that can be carried across are
- End of Christmas recess – 6 days (44 hours and 24 minutes)
- End of Easter recess – 4 days (29 hours and 36 minutes)
- End of summer recess – 2 days (14 hours 48 minutes).
- All pay scales from M3 (EO) to E1 (Grade 6) will be shortened by two years (from six to four years)with some minor adjustments to pay points to ensure a minimum 5% gap between pay bands.
- Starting pay on promotion will see promoted members of staff placed on the lowest point of the next pay band. These changes will take effect on 1 April 2019 to prevent “leapfrogging”.
For the 2020-21 to 2024-25 financial years:
- From 1 April 2020, and on 1 April in each following year, pay increases will be decided through a link to the Office of National Statistics’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) and reflect increases in full-time median earnings in Wales.
The offer also includes a number of new areas where staff can obtain interest-free advances of salary:
- For rental deposits – Up to £1,500 repayable by deduction from salary over 12 months;
- For buying glasses, dental costs, sports/health club membership or ICT equipment. Repayable by deduction from salary over 12 months.
Finally, the assembly has agreed to sign up to the Trade Unions Congress’ Dying to Work Charter, the key point of which is that no employee, with a diagnosis of a terminal illness, will be dismissed because of their condition.