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MRC, NIBSC and Imanet staff

UCU represents staff employed by the Medical Research Council, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, and GE Healthcare (Imanet).

MRC unions and you

MRC Unions and You : This link opens in a new window Visit the MRC national trade union side 'MRC Unions and You' web pages for online resources for MRC employees. 

This provides staff with a better understanding of how the work of the trade union side affects MRC employees and the services available.

Pay latest

On 1 April 2018 the MRC became part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB).

As previously at the MRC, UKRI will be required to gain approval from government to make basic salaries and allowance increases. Although the MRC's annual pay review date is 1 April, the Civil Service pay guidance that government departments must follow has not yet been released for 2018 so the joint union side is unable at the moment to submit a pay claim. Read the full update here.

MRC pay award 2017

Please read Staff Bulletin 549 for full information on the 2017 MRC pay offer.

The MRC pay award for 2017 has now been agreed by the MRC trade unions through the ballot process following approval by BEIS through the pay remit process. The pay award was paid in November 2017 salaries, with
arrears backdated to 1 April 2017.

2017 offer overview

In line with 2017/18 civil service pay guidance and government restrictions, the MRC offered a total 1% average pay increase across the pay scales and, in line with the chancellors' 2015 budget statement,  utilised some flexibility for employees in units and institutes which is applicable for the 2017-18 pay year only.

In the context of all the developments in MRC pay over the past few years, the MRC believes that this is the best outcome that can be made within the restraints imposed by treasury. The additional flexibility is only available to employees in units and institutes and reflects the stated government aim of supporting front line science.

For all the latest news please visit the MRC trade union side bulletin archive

Contact: Barry Jones

Last updated: 1 May 2019