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HE single pay spine

The nationally agreed single pay spine covers the majority of HE institutions within the UK. Please check with your branch or regional office if you have any queries.

Please note, UCU remains in dispute over the 2020-21 national negotations. The scales below which reflect the employers' offer are provided for information.

Framework agreement single pay spine 2017-20

 2017-182018-192019-202020-21
Spine pointSalary from August 2017*
Details
Salary from August 2018^
Details
Salary from August 2019
Details
(Proposed) salary from August 2020°
Details
1----
2

15,417

15,842--
3

15,721

16,14616,73616,736
4

16,035

16,46017,04617,046
5

16,341

16,76617,36117,361
6

16,654

17,07917,68217,682
7

16,983

17,40818,00918,009
8

17,326

17,75118,34218,342
9

17,764

18,18918,70918,709
10

18,263

18,68819,13319,133
11

18,777

19,20219,61219,612
12

19,305

19,73020,13020,130
13

19,850

20,27520,67520,675
14

20,411

20,83621,23621,236
15

20,989

21,41421,81421,814
16

21,581

22,01722,41722,417
17

22,214

22,65923,06723,067
18

22,876

23,33423,75423,754
19

23,557

24,02924,46224,462
20

24,285

24,77125,21725,217
21

24,983

25,48225,94125,941
22

25,728

26,24326,71526,715
23

26,495

27,02527,51127,511
24

27,285

27,83028,33128,331
25

28,098

28,66029,17629,176
26

28,936

29,51530,04630,046
27

29,799

30,39530,94230,942
28

30,688

31,30231,86531,865
29

31,604

32,23632,81632,816
30

32,548

33,19933,79733,797
31

33,518

34,18934,80434,804
32

34,520

35,21135,84535,845
33

35,550

36,26136,91436,914
34

36,613

37,34538,01738,017
35

37,706

38,46039,15239,152
36

38,833

39,60940,32240,322
37

39,992

40,79241,52641,526
38

41,212

42,03642,79342,793
39

42,418

43,26744,04644,046
40

43,685

44,55945,36145,361
41

44,992

45,89246,71846,718
42

46,336

47,26348,11448,114
43

47,722

48,67749,55349,553
44

49,149

50,13251,03451,034
45

50,618

51,63052,55952,559
46

52,132

53,17454,13154,131
47

53,691

54,76555,75155,751
48

55,297

56,40357,41857,418
49

56,950

58,08959,13559,135
50

58,655

59,82860,90560,905
51

60,410

61,61862,72762,727

 


Spine point values have been rounded, but are calculated on an unrounded basis from year-to-year.

*2017-18 settlement

The approach to bottom loading was to apply 1.7% or £365 whichever was the greatest. The 2017-18 pay settlement was presented as a set of rounded percentage increases to be applied to pay spine points 1 to 16.

^2018-19 settlement

Increases of 2.0% or £425 whichever is the greater.

2019-20 settlement

Tapered increases weighted toward the bottom points, from 3.65% (point 3) to 1.8% (point 17 up). Point 2 deleted.

°2020-21 settlement

Zero percent offer (Covid-19 pandemic).

Last updated: 23 March 2021