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Hourly-paid: negotiating check-list

This checklist has been devised for branches/LAs negotiating on the assimilation of hourly paid staff under the Framework Agreement.



All roles occupied by hourly paid staff to be included in role analysis/JE


For academic staff, assimilation to grading structure should be by matching to the national academic role profiles


The national role profiles should not be amended such that they no longer read across (eg T&S 2, T&R 2 and Research 2 should all be on the same grade)


Current levels of pay/job titles should NOT determine grade


Hourly paid lecturing staff should be assumed to be on at least Grade Ac2


Effective date of implementation as for other staff - BUT cannot restrict members' rights to pursue Equal Pay claims


Progression within grade assured


Progression between grades consistent with comparable staff


Negotiate for pro-rata contracts


Negotiate for permanent contracts


Negotiate for harmonisation of terms and conditions


If hourly-rates continue, follow JNCHES guidance (post-92) or negotiate on method of calculation, paid holiday and multiplier (pre-92)


Communicate to hourly-paid staff (members and non-members)


Involve hourly-paid members


Ensure support of hourly-paid members before any agreements made


Publicise any successes!

Last updated: 20 October 2008