Pay and Rewards in Local Government

East Midlands Councils represents the collective interests of local councils to national organisations and government. We provide a communications link between the national employers for local government and local authorities within the region. This enables councils within the East Midlands to influence and inform national negotiations and developments on pay and rewards and other terms and conditions of employment covered within national agreements. Organisations can access support and advice on pay and rewards, including; Job evaluation; Pay and grading structures and reviews; Chief Executive Appraisal and Pay Reviews; and Equal pay audits. We ensure local councils are provided with information on developments at national level with negotiations and agreements reached on different groups of employees. Click on the links below for the most recent circulars and developments for each employee group.

Chief Executives

Pay Claim 2021

On 8th March 2021 the National Employers received a pay claim from ALACE in respect of local authority Chief Executives.  The claim seeks parity with any headline increase that might be agreed for the main bulk of local government staff covered by the ‘Green Book’ NJC.  A copy of the claim is available here .

Pay Award 2020 Information

Agreement has been reached for a national pay award for Chief Executives with effect from 1st April 2020.  The agreement was for a 2.75% increase on salary.  A copy of the agreement can be found here.

Pay Survey Information

National Pay Survey Results – Chief Executives and Chief Officers

In late 2019, the LGA published a report with the results of the national survey conducted on pay and workforce characteristics of chief executives and chief officers.  A copy of the report can be accessed here  

National Terms and Conditions

Chief Executive's Handbook

The current version of the Handbook for Chief Executives of Local Authorities is available here:-

JNC Circular for Chief Executives - Structures required to manage model disciplinary procedure - 7th May 2019

A JNC circular was sent to Chief Executives to remind colleagues of the requirements set out in the Model Disciplinary Procedure and Guidance in the JNC Conditions of Service Handbook.

Click here for the JNC circular.

Chief Executive Appraisal – Independent Facilitation Service

East Midlands Councils supports the appraisal process for Chief Executives.  We can help with the development of a process and/or independently facilitate the appraisal process.  Our approach is in line with best practice and reflects the national guidance set out in the Chief Executive’s Handbook.  We tailor the service and advice a process for each organisation, and many councils use and value our support.  For further information, please contact Sam Maher, Director of HR & Councillor Development at

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Chief Officers

Chief Officer JNC Pay Claim 2021

On 31st March 2021, the National Employers received a pay claim for Chief Officers which seeks: 

  • A substantial increase on all salaries and relevant allowances
    We note the claim for a substantial increase with a minimum of 10% on all spinal column points made by the Staff Side of the NJC for Local Government Services, and we expect parity of treatment for all local government employees.

A copy of the claim can be accessed here 

 The National Employers will consider this claim and respond formally to the unions in due course.

Pay Survey Results – Chief Executives & Chief Officers

In August 2019, the LGA published a report with the results of the national survey it conducted on pay and workforce characteristics of chief executives and chief officers.

You can access it here.  

Conditions of Service Handbook for Local Authority Chief Officers 

The LGA are pleased to inform you that the 'Conditions of Service Handbook for local authority Chief Officers' has now been updated from the existing 2004 version.  The latest 2017 version can be found here.

The updated handbook now includes:

  • Updated information on setting remuneration levels
  • Updated information on discipline, capability and redundancy relating to Monitoring Officers, s151 Officers and, in Wales, Heads of Democratic Services
  • New Joint guidance on Appraisal of the Chief Officer

The handbook will be available online only. All employees with an email address ending "" can freely access and download the document on the LGA’s website (you may need to register your details in the first instance).  By making the handbook available online the LGA can ensure that all future updates can be made quickly so that you will have the confidence of knowing that you have the most up to date version.

Chief Officer Pay Claim 2020

The Chief Officer Pay Claim has been lodged by GMB and UNISON in respect of local authority Chief Officers. The National Employers will be meeting next Tues 21 Jan 2020. The LGA fully expect them to defer responding to this claim (as they have already decided to do in respect of the Chf Execs’ and Craftworkers’ claims) until the main NJC negotiations have been settled.  A copy of the claim dated 15th Jan 2020 can be found here.

Job Evaluation

East Midlands Councils can provide job evaluation for senior level posts on a consultancy basis.  For further information, contact the HR & Councillor Development team on 01664-502620.

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Craft Workers

A copy of the national conditions for craft workers, known as the Red Book, can be available from the LGA website.

Craftworkers' Pay Claim 2021

The JNC Craftworker unions have lodged the attached pay claim for 2020/21 which seeks:

  • A 10% increase across all pay rates and allowances
  • An increase in Grade and recognition for craft operatives that regularly use additional skills to support employer business needs
  • A substantial increase in stand-by payments
  • Reduction in the working week to 35hr with no loss of pay
  • Extra day of annual leave entitlement
  • Recognition of the increased use of technology supported by an additional payment
  • Modernisation of tool allowance to accurately reflect the cost of tools provided by the worker – or all tools must be provided by the employer
  • Increase in tool insurance to reflect the actual cost of replacing tools
  • Maintenance of the Red Book Agreement
  • Commitment to insourcing of work and implementation of the Construction Charter

The National Employers will consider this claim and respond formally to the unions in due course.

Joint Negotiating Committee for Local Authority Craft and Associated Employees Pay Claim

Craftworkers' Pay Agreement 2020-21 

Update - 12th October 2020

Agreement has now been reached between the National Employers and the JNC Trade Union Side on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2020.  A copy of the circular can be found here

Craftworkers' Pay Claim 2020

The JNC Craftworker unions have lodged the attached pay claim for 2020/21. The claim is for:-

A 10% pay rise for all Craft JNC employees (regardless of job title and designation) whose rate of pay is higher than the minimum salaries set out in the Craft JNC 2018-20 pay agreement circular (dated 10 April 2018), but is still contractually linked to the annual settlement reached by the Craft JNC.

The uprating of the minimum rates for Craft workers employed directly on JNC grades, benchmarked against average Craft pay rates within local authorities, and industry level collective agreements.

  • A one-day increase to all paid annual leave entitlement set out in the Red Book 
  • A two-hour reduction in the standard working week as set out in the Red Book 
  • A comprehensive joint national review of the workplace causes of stress and mental health throughout local authorities 
  • A significant increase in tool allowance and insurance payments 
  • Commitment to the continuation of the Red Book agreement

The National Employers are meeting on 5 November and will use that opportunity to consider this claim and decide next steps etc.

We will keep you informed of any further developments in the national pay negotiations.



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Local Government Services

Local Government Pay Negotiations 2021

The National Employers have today made an pay offer in response to the trade unions’ claim on behalf of employees in local government services (those on Green Book terms and conditions).  Please see attached the circular which provides details.

Emp Circ pay update 14May21

In summary, the offer is for a 1.5% across-the-board pay increase.  The Employers have rejected a number of elements of the unions’ claim relating to terms and conditions, but are agreeing to exploratory discussions on issues on a national programme of mental health support for all local authorities and school staff, a joint review of the provisions in the Green Book for maternity/paternity/shared parental/adoption leave and a homeworking policy.

A copy of the unions’ claims relating to pay and to terms and conditions can be accessed here:  here

The NJC unions (UNISON, GMB and Unite) have today (15th Feb 2021) lodged pay and T&Cs claims for local government (‘Green Book’) staff for 2021.  A copy of the NJC Pay Claim 2021 can be found here and the NJC Conditions Claim can be found here.  

The National Employers will be meeting later this week for an initial discussion. Councils will be consulted during March at the usual round of [virtual] regional pay consultation briefings. We are hosting the virtual pay consultation briefing for the East Midlands to take place on Monday 15th March at 10.00am.  To register a place, email Mila Pereira at

The National Employers will then consider feedback from those events before responding formally to the unions on a date yet to be agreed, possibly in April or May.

We will keep you informed of any developments as they arise.

Regional Consultation - 15th March 2021

EMC are hosting a pay briefing for the region which will take place on Monday 15th March. 

The meeting will provide you with an opportunity to hear from the national negotiators representing employers on this year’s pay negotiations.  The meeting is aimed at senior officers and Lead Members from councils across the region so that you can be informed on the developments and factors related to this year’s pay negotiations and for you to share the view from your Council to help inform the negotiations.  

The meeting will take place via MS Teams from 10.00 until 11.30 at the latest. If you would like to reserve a place then please email Mila –  

As far as we can within a virtual environment, we wish to provide a confidential setting for the discussion.  We will therefore not be recording the meeting for onward circulation and will be limiting attendance to those directly invited following registration with Mila.  If you register to attend, please do not forward the meeting link to any colleagues as they will not be admitted unless they contact Mila to register in advance of the meeting. 

Review of Term-Time Working

Please find attached a circular that provides an update on the NJC’s review of Term-Time Only working (25.2.20)

National Agreement 'Green Book': Updated Edition March 2019

The ‘National Joint Council for local government services National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service’, commonly known as the ‘Green Book’ has now been updated from the existing 2018 version.

 The updated ‘Green Book’ now includes the recently agreed Part 4.12 guidance on Term-Time Only Employees. 

For ease of reference, updates can be seen in the ‘tracked version’ at pages 1, 3, 35, 92, 159 and 179-190.

The ‘Green Book’ is available online only. All employees with an email address ending “” can freely access it via the link below [NB: log in required]):

As with the previous updates, we have issued two versions; one showing all track changes, the other not. By making the ‘Green Book’ available online we can ensure that all future updates can be made quickly so that you will have the confidence of knowing that you have the most up to date version. We recommend that you also make the Agreement available to your employees by uploading it to your organisation’s intranet.

Green Book 13Mar19 tracked version

Green Book 13Mar19 untracked version

Job Evaluation

Updated NJC JE Guidance Notes - 3rd August 2020

The NJC’s Job Evaluation Technical Working Group (JETWG) has now completed its work on updating the scheme guidance notes (as advised in NJC circular dated 1 March 2019).  The Cover Letter Circular can be found here along with one copy showing all track changes here and one without track changes here. No changes have been made to the scheme’s factor level structure and associated weighting/scoring. 

The revised guidance will be incorporated into the next update of the Green Book which will be issued later this year. 

Finally, a reminder that the entire suite of NJC JE Scheme documentation, including model role profiles and technical notes, can be found at here.

NJC Job Evaluation Scheme: New Model Role Profiles June 2017

Please see below the latest batch of model role profiles for Commissioning, Family Support, Home Care, Public Health, Residential Care, Principal Social Worker and Support Time Recovery jobs.

Public Health and Social Health Care Profiles 21Jun17

The covering circular can be found here and new Tech Note 16 with advice on “Using Role Profiles to Implement Job Evaluation” can be found here .

The NJC JE Technical Working Group has produced (20.1.16)  the attached technical Note which the LGA have asked us to circulate to Councils. Tech Note 15 Market Supplements Jan16 (003)

National Car Allowance Rates

The final car mileage rates issued by the NJC can be found here.

The Employers now encourage local organisations to adopt the rates set by HMRC which can be found on the website here

2010 report of the technical advisers

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Other Negotiating Groups

Teachers' Pay 2020 and STPCD

Teachers' Pay 2020

Timetable for the Teachers' 2020 pay award process continues albeit with a possible further delay. Further details can be found here .

Caretakers Lettings Fees

Caretakers’ Letting Fees were reviewed by East Midlands Regional Joint Council on 8th September 2020.  The Joint Council agreed to increase the rates by 2.75% with effect from 1st April 2020.  The revised rates can be found here .

Youth & Community Workers

The JNC for Youth and Community Workers has reached an agreement on a pay award for 2020. Circular No 219 dated 5th October 2020 can be found here.

The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for Youth and Community Workers’ Education Framework is due to be updated to reflect changes to the structure of qualifications for youth workers. The JNC Youth and Community Workers has issued the following guidance.  A copy of the Joint Educaton Services Circular No 216 dated 20th January 2020 can be found here.  

Pay Agreement 2018/19 - The LGA are pleased to confirm that the JNC for Youth and Community Workers has reached an agreement on a pay award for 2018 and 2019. JES Circular No 212 dated 22nd October 2018 can be found here.


The JNC for Coroners Circular No 64 dated 10th June 2020 on the Constitution can be found here.

A joint agreement covering two years;  2019/2020 for the pay of coroners has been reached by the JNC for Coroners.  A copy of Circular No 63 dated 30th Nov 2018 can be found here.

LGA Survey of Coroners' Pay - Management Side Survey Report - The LGA conducted a management side survey on coroners’ pay in August 2018, following the latest national agreement on coroners’ pay outlined in JNC circular 62 dated 8 January 2018.  The survey can be found here.


Soulbury Committee Circular on Car Allowances and Work-related Stress - The Soulbury Committee, covering officers in roles such as education improvement managers, educational psychologists and young people’s community service managers, has agreed to issue guidance for local authorities relating on car user schemes and work-related stress.  It reminds authorities to give appropriate consideration to the nature of these roles when determining essential car user status, and to consult with staff.  In terms of work-related stress, the circular reminds authorities of the guidance documents referenced in Appendix G of the Soulbury Report which provide advice and guidance on this issue. A copy of the Circular No 215 dated 20th January 2020 can be found here.

Soulbury Workforce Earning Survey - Please find attached a final report of the Soulbury Workforce Earning Survey 2018. The survey was conducted in order to gather information about educational improvement professionals, educational psychologists and young people’s/community service managers. The information collected relates to pay and grading, working status, vacancies, workforce characteristics, recruitment difficulties, and information about recruits.

Soulbury Pay Agreement: 2018 and 2019 - Following negotiations the LGA can confirm that the Soulbury Committee has reached and agreement on a pay award for 2018/19 which is as follows:

  • an increase of 2.0% on all pay points on the Educational Improvement Professionals' pay spine, Young People's/Community Service Managers’ pay spine and Educational Psychologists pay spines on 1 September 2018 and on 1 September 2019;

  • an increase of 2.0% on all London and Fringe area allowances on 1 September 2018 and on 1 September 2019

A copy of Circular 213 dated 31st October 2018 can be found here.

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School Support Staff

The School Support Staff Negotiating Body (SSSNB) became a Statutory Body on 12 January 2010.

The SSSNB is required to agree a pay and conditions framework for school support staff in the maintained sector.  Subject to ratification by the Secretary of State, agreements will apply to all maintained schools in England.

Under the terms of the Act the SSSNB will cover:

Any person employed under a contract of employment:

(a) by the governing body of a school maintained by a local authority in England;  

[this is intended to cover support staff in foundation and voluntary aided schools where the governing body is the employer] or

(b) by a local authority in England to work wholly in a school or schools maintained by a local authority in England. 

[this is intended to cover all community and voluntary controlled schools, maintained nursery schools, and pupil referral units (short stay schools)]

Work of the Body

The SSSNB is required to negotiate and seek to reach agreement on matters referred to it by the Secretary of State though the Employers’ and Trade Union Sides are also free to bring other matters to the negotiating table.  The Body has been asked to work on the following:

  • The production of a core contract of employment to cover remuneration, duties and working time.
  • The design of national job role profiles to cover core school support staff roles.
  • The development and production of a method for converting those role profiles into a salary structure.
  • A strategy that will effectively implement the national pay and conditions framework in all schools maintained by local authorities in England including a methodology to manage both transition and steady state.

Most Recent Circular:

The most recent national circular SSSNB 4 Circular March 2010

Information Pack for School Support Staff Negotiating Body Members

SSSNB Information Pack - 16 March 2010

Further detailed information can be found in the SSSNB section of the Office of Manpower Economics’ website at:

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