FE agreements in Wales

ColegauCymru is the employers' body in Wales. It represents all the FE colleges, St David's sixth form college and Workers Education Association (WEA). Representatives of ColegauCymru meet with the full time officials and lay negotiators of the recognised unions to reach agreement on pay and conditions of service in Wales.

See also: 
Wales FE pay scales

Wales national contract

In 2014 the joint trade union group in Wales negotiated with ColegauCymru a new national contract for all staff employed in further education colleges in Wales which members voted to accept.

Colleges started to implement the National Contract for all Staff in Wales from academic year 2014-15. All colleges must implement the national contract by 1 September 2016. The implementation agreement sets out the requirements for staff working in colleges in Wales:


National agreements

Each year we submit a pay claim which covers an increase in pay and a list of subjects we believe should be developed into national agreements, we are currently working on the following areas: casual workers; management of change; toil for managers; starting salary formula for lecturers and revision of part time agreement.

Current agreements

National recognition and procedure agreement between ColegauCymru and recognised trade unions, Jun 14 [141kb]

National agreement on lecturer’s workload allocation for FE colleges in Wales, Sep 13 [226kb]

FE Wales joint agreement on domestic abuse, Mar 15 [110kb]

Below are the agreements in relation to threshold progression and part-time agreement

Joint agreement for the employment of fixed-term employees in FE in Wales, Mar 15 [16kb]

Agreement on the employment of part-time lecturing staff in FE (Wales) [48kb] (opens in a new window)

Agreement on the employment of instructor/demonstrator staff in FE (Wales), Nov 05 [23kb] (opens in a new window)

Towards pay parity with teachers

Wales FE pay agreement phase one: 2003-04 [142kb] (opens in a new window)

Wales FE pay agreement phase two: 2004-05 [492kb] (opens in a new window)

Wales FE pay agreement phase three: 2005-06 (threshold agreement) [382kb]

Wales FE pay agreement phase four: 2006-07 [91kb]

Performance management and review

Each college has an agreement on Performance Management and Review (PMAR) which outlines the application process to achieve threshold progression, a copy of that agreement can be obtained from your branch officers. UCU and the employers' body produced national guidance on the operation of PMAR, which should be reflected in those agreements:

Model agreement on the implementation of the national agreement on performance management and review systems in FE in Wales [75kb] (opens in a new window)

Guidance notes on the introduction of performance management and review systems in FE in Wales [84kb] (opens in a new window)

UCU would like all colleges to adopt the above model for the operation of PMAR.

Last updated: 14 April 2016