Local Government Pay Award 2022/23

COSLA have released the guidance notes to local authorities regarding the pay deal, the key points are listed below:

Salaries Agreement 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023

Agreement has been reached on pay awards for employees whose terms and conditions of
service come within the framework of the Scottish Joint Council for Local Government Employees.

The details of the agreement are as follows:

  • The agreement covers the period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.
  • An increase to the Scottish Local Government Living Wage rate to £10.85 per hour.
  • For those on the Scottish Local Government Living Wage and SCP (Spinal Column Points)
    19-24 a £2,000 uplift (calculated on a nominal 36-hour full-time working week).
  • A cap on the uplift for those currently earning £60,000 or more at a £3000 uplift (based on a
    37-hour week).
  • At remaining SCP an undifferentiated 5% or a £1,925 uplift (calculated on a nominal 36-
    hour full-time working week), whichever is larger.
  • A 5% uplift to the enhancements in Part 3 of the National Agreement on Pay and
    Conditions of Service for Local Government Employees (The Red Book) listed in the
    attached appendices. (These allowances come from the pre-Single Status handbooks. The
    Single Status agreement states that they can be replaced by councils with locally agreed
    arrangements which many councils will have done during Single Status implementation.)
  • The uplift of all nationally agreed allowances in line with the percentage offer without
    detriment to any separate uplift mechanisms and those allowances that are agreed locally.

    • The Distant Islands allowance to be uprated with effect from 1 October 2022 by the offer
      percentage rate or the normal agreed formula, whichever is the highest. In future years
      we will revert to the agreed formula and any anomalous increase will be rectified.
    • An uplift to the First Aid Allowance of 5%, effective from 1st April 2022. In future years
      First Aid Allowance will revert to being negotiated separately with any change taking
      effect from the 1st of October annually.
  • A full review of the SJC constitution to be undertaken in conjunction with our Trade Union
    colleagues and presented at the 2022 AGM for agreement.
  • SSSC fees for all roles and grades will be paid on a recurring basis – further guidance on
    how payment will be made to the SSSC on behalf of employees by Scottish Government
    and the process for employees claiming reimbursement of any fees incurred from 1st April
    2022 will follow.
  • An additional day of annual leave (pro-rated for part-time) to be added to the leave
    entitlement for all employees. The Red Book will be updated to reflect this permanent
    change to terms and conditions.
SJC-70 Salaries Agreement FY22-23