FE pay in England

In England the vast majority of colleges are members of the Association of Colleges (AoC), an employers' organisation which negotiates with UCU and other recognised trade unions (UNISON, ATL, AMiE, UNITE and GMB) in the National Joint Forum (NJF) to produce recommendations on pay and conditions for individual colleges to adopt.

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Negotiating timetable

Two full National Joint Forum meetings with the employers have been set down for 14 June 2016 and 5 July 2016. The AoC have indicated that they intend to be in a position to make a full and final offer at the second meeting.

A new approach to collective bargaining in the further education (FE) sector

UCU has begun to approach collective bargaining in FE in a new way. Read why the new approach is necessary, what it offers and how you can get involved: National Plus in FE - winning better pay and conditions for members

FE England pay and conditions claim for 2016/17

The joint union claim for 2016-17 was sent to employers on 28 April 2016. It calls for:

  • an increase of £1 extra per hour for all staff
  • all colleges to ensure fair pay for women by conducting equal pay audits or reviewing any existing audits; identifying any gender pay gap; and constructing an action plan with the trade unions locally to eliminate any such gaps
  • hourly paid, temporary, fixed-term or casual staff working in a college for more than two years to be offered a permanent post on a pro-rata basis that is commensurate with the hours they actually work
  • the starting rates to be no lower than the Living Wage Foundation rates of £8.25 outside of London and £9.40 in London with annual up rating.  Colleges to work to become Living Wage Foundation accredited.

Read the full claim here:

FE England joint union pay and conditions claim 2016-17 [374kb]



National Plus in FE

Looking at UCU's strategy for better bargaining in English further education.

Wall of support for FE

A wall of support to promote this year's pay claim for FE staff in England, which calls for £1 extra per hour for all staff, fair pay for women, improvements on job security and the Living Wage.

FE England: 2015-16 pay round

Information on the 2015-16 pay round for English colleges.

FE England: 2014-15 pay round

Information on the 2014-15 pay round for English colleges.

FE England: 2013-14 pay round

Information on the 2013-14 pay round for English colleges.