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FE pay in England

16 June 2022

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 (GMB, NEU, Unison and Unite) in the National Joint Forum (NJF) to produce recommendations on pay and conditions for individual colleges to adopt.

England FE pay claim 2024/25

In March 2024, the joint further education (FE) trade unions in England (GMB, NEU, UCU, Unison and Unite) submitted our pay claim 2024/25 to the Association of Colleges (AoC) in advance of this year's pay negotiations, which will start in May 2024. You can click here to read the full claim for 2024/25.

The claim is seeking a pay offer to address the ongoing cost-of-living crisis and the fall in the value of pay by around 40% since 2010. It seeks to address increasing levels of workload. We are also seeking a new national agreement in FE with binding outcomes that all employers implement so that no member is left behind.

UCU will send further updates as the negotiations progress.

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Find out more about our 'Respect FE' campaign, which called for action to address pay erosion and spiralling workloads as well as a demand for professional respect.

For more than a decade college staff have suffered below inflation pay rises and with the cost of living crisis now hitting hard, it's time for an increase in FE pay that keeps up with inflation and addresses the 35% real terms pay cut and the huge disparity with school teacher salaries.

Members in 119 UCU further education branches in England were balloted for action over their employer's failure to confirm that they would meet the demands outlined in the 2023/24 FE England joint union claim.

National Plus

Our approach to collective bargaining in the English further education sector

The fact that many colleges do not implement the AoC's recommendations means that UCU is now approaching collective bargaining in further education in England in a new way. Read why the new approach is necessary, what it offers and how you can get involved: National Plus in FE


Last updated: 27 March 2024