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.

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Negotiating machinery: JNCHES

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.

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HE pay framework agreement

This agreement sets out the structure of the new higher education pay arrangements, including the national single pay spine.

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Memorandum of Understanding between UCEA and AUT

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.

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JNCHES library of academic role profiles

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.

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JNCHES guidance on progression and contribution pay

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.

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JNCHES guidance on calculating hourly rates of pay for academic staff

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.

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JNCHES guidance on conducting role analysis

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.)

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Other JNCHES guidance documents

JNCHES guidance on conducting equal pay reviews

This guidance provides a step by step guide to conducting an equal pay review

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The following archive documents may also be useful:

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JNCHES guidance on fixed-term and casual employment

This guidance provides advice to HE institutions on the use and management of fixed-term and hourly paid employment.

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JNCHES guidance on work-life balance

This guidance provides advice on improving the work-life balance for higher education staff

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JNCHES guidance on creating a partnership for equality

This document sets out the recommended approach to delivering equality for staff within UK institutions.

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JNCHES guidance on race equality: communication and consultation report and toolkit

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.

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Last updated: 5 January 2016