HE national agreements and guidance
This page lists all the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (JNCHES) joint agreements, alongside related UCU guidance and commentary, and other documents relevant to industrial relations and employment within the university sector.
- Negotiating machinery: JNCHES
- HE pay framework agreement
- Memorandum of Understanding between UCEA and AUT
- library of academic role profiles
- progression and contribution pay
- calculating hourly rates of pay for academic staff
- conducting role analysis
- conducting equal pay reviews
- fixed-term and casual employment
- work-life balance
- creating a partnership for equality
- race equality: communication and consultation report and toolkit
The JNCHES structure was formally established following the conclusion of the 2000/1 pay dispute. The JNCHES structure exists to determine the pay and some conditions of all HE staff in the UK. It was amended by further negotiations in 2007/8 following the 2006 national agreement, which created the 'New JNCHES' arrangements, and again in 2013.
- HE negotiating structures review 2007/8
New JNCHES November 2007 agreement [27kb] (opens in a new window)
Pay and new industrial relations machinery: Final agreement: 25 June 2001 [118kb] (opens in a new window)
This agreement sets out the structure of the new higher education pay arrangements, including the national single pay spine.
Framework Agreement for the modernisation of pay structures [776kb] (opens in a new window)
Framework Agreement for the modernisation of pay structures [1Mb] (opens in a new window)
This agreement between UCEA and AUT provides national principles which must underpin pay and grading arrangements for academic and academic-related staff in pre-1992 institutions.
- AUT/UCEA Memorandum of Understanding over the 2004 HE pay framework agreement [212kb] (opens in a new window)
This document contains the role profiles and the agreed guidance on the use of role profiles in grading academic staff in the new pay structure.
- Post-92 guidance on using the library of academic role profiles [256kb] (opens in a new window)
- Guidance on role analysis arrangements for academic and academic-related staff, AUT, Jul 04 [247kb] (opens in a new window)
This guidance provides advice on how to allocate contribution pay fairly and includes the detailed advice agreed by the ASSC in respect of academic staff.
- NATFHE commentary on the use of contribution pay [90kb] (opens in a new window)
- AUT advice on negotiating contribution pay
This guidance sets out the new methodology for calculating hourly rates of pay for academic staff linked to the national pay spine with an assimilation point at pay point 30.
Linked to the pay framework agreement this guidance sets out an agreed approach to using job evaluation within UK universities and colleges of higher education.
(NB: predecessor union AUT did not sign up to this guidance.)
Other JNCHES guidance documents
This guidance provides a step by step guide to conducting an equal pay review
- Checklist for carrying out an equal pay review in accordance with the JNCHES guidance [262kb] (opens in a new window)
- Joint HE gender pay working group: report and UCU commentary, Dec 15 (pdf)
The following archive documents may also be useful:
- Putting equality in the frame: AUT campaign toolkit, Sep 05 [1Mb] (opens in a new window)
- Putting equality in the frame: AUT campaign toolkit, Sep 05 [900kb] (opens in a new window)
This guidance provides advice to HE institutions on the use and management of fixed-term and hourly paid employment.
This guidance provides advice on improving the work-life balance for higher education staff
- JNCHES work-life balance: guidance for higher education institutions, Feb 08 [978kb] (opens in a new window)
This document sets out the recommended approach to delivering equality for staff within UK institutions.
This best practice guide sets out institutions' legislative obligations under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act and provides advice on how to meet their responsibilities, obligations and duties.
- Race equality: communication and consultation report for HEIs, JNCHES, Dec 04 [345kb] (opens in a new window)