Local Government Services (Green Book)

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.

Local Government Pay Negotiations 

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – Letter to Trade Unions, 24 June 2020 – to access visit here.

National Joint Council for Local Government Services, Trade Union side – letter to MHCLG on 26 May 2020 - to access visit here.

Pay - Unions

GMB has now confirmed that it will be consulting without a recommendation on whether the Employers’ final offer should be accepted or rejected. Its consultation will run to the end of July (as will UNISON’s, which is consulting on the same basis).

UniteUnite’s consultation (with recommendation to reject) runs through to mid-August, so a conclusion to this year’s pay round is unlikely until end of August at the earliest (assuming all three unions are able to reach a joint position on whether to accept the offer).

Unite recommends rejection of pay offer - Unite’s national committee has met and decided that it will be recommending to its members that the pay offer be rejected.

See: https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2020/june/council-workers-to-hold-ballot-over-insulting-183-a-day-pay-offer/

UNISON - Details of UNISON’s consultation have now been published online. Please note that UNISON’s NJC Committee decided that it would not make a recommendation that members should accept or reject the pay offer”.

As notified previously, UNISON’s consultation will run til about the end of July.


This year’s pay round will not be concluded until all three unions have reached a joint view on whether to accept the Employers’ final offer.

Local Government Pay Negotiations 2020 

Employers Circular Pay Updated 24.04.2020 - The attached correspondence exchanged on 24 April 2020 between the unions and the employers’ sides of the negotiating bodies for Chief Officers and for Local Government Services (Green Book) employees relating to the respective final offer made by the Employers.

Employers to Chief Officers Pay 2020 - 24.04.2020
Employers to Trade Unions - final pay offer 24.04.2020
Trade Unions to Employers - final pay offer 21.04.2020
Trade Unions to Employers - final pay offer 20.04.2020

Employers Circular Pay Update 17.04.2020 - The letter below has been sent on behalf of the National Employers to the unions representing Green Book employees, in response to their letter of 17 April 2020. The attached circular sets out the details.

Employers Circular Pay Update 17.04.2020 

Employers Circular Pay Update 16.04.2020 - The National Employers have made a final pay offers to the unions representing the main NJC workforce, Craftworkers, Chief Executives and Chief Officers. The attached circular sets out the details.

Employers Circular Pay Update 16.04.2020

Trade Union response - Please see the below response from UNISON, GMB and Unite to the pay offer made by the Employers.

Trade Unions to Employers - final pay offer 16.04.2020

Regional Consultation

The briefing paper and presentation/notes for the cancelled pay event are available here.

Pay Briefing presentation by Harry Honnor (LGA) here.

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

Council employees’ pay offer announced

Council employees have been offered a pay increase of 2.0% from 1 April 2020.  A copy of the letter can be found here.

The National Employers, who negotiate pay on behalf of 350 local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, made the offer to unions today (5.2.20). It will affect over 1 million employees.

Local Government Pay Negotiations 2020

Please find attached below a circular that provides an update on the 2020 local government pay negotiations.

We will keep you all informed of any future developments.

Emp circular pay update 23jan20

Local Government Services Pay Claim 2020

To keep you informed, the National Employers met on 5th November 2019 to consider the NJC Trade Unions' Pay Claim for 2020 (details of claim below) and have sent the attached letter to the NJC Trade Union Side setting out their initial response.

 We will keep you updated with any developments as soon as they arise.

TU Pay Claim 05Nov19

Local Government Pay 2020

The NJC Trade Unions have lodged the [attached below] 2020 pay claim with the National Employers. The claim is for:

  • a 10% pay increase
  • a one-day increase in annual leave
  • a two-hour reduction in the working week
  • a review of workplace stress and mental health

Councils will be consulted in the usual way through a series of regional pay briefings during September and October.  The East Midlands Pay roadshow event will take place on 12 September in Melton Mowbray.  Further information about this event will be circulated shortly.

TU Pay Claim 24Jul19


We are pleased to inform you that 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 “.gov.uk” 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

Latest News

Job Evaluation Technical Working Group (JETWG)

The JETWG Interim Circular 01Mar19 circular updates organisations on the NJC’s ongoing review of both the paper and computerised (Gauge™) versions of the NJC JE Scheme - 1.3.19

Term-Time Only Employees: new Part 4 guidance

As part of the 2016-18 pay deal, the NJC agreed to conduct a joint review of term-time working to consider "an NJC approach to deliver fair, consistent and transparent contracts for school support staff and term-time only staff not employed in schools". To support the review, the NJC Joint Secretaries are being advised by employer practitioners from local authorities and a multi-Academy Trust and local trade union representatives.

The NJC has produced (19.2.19) the first tranche of guidance on working arrangements for Term-Time only employees which will be incorporated as Part 4.12 into the next updated version of the National Agreement (‘Green Book’).

Part 4 12 cover circular 18Feb19

Part 4 12 18Feb19

Job Evaluation

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)

Localism Act: Pay Policy Statements - Guidance for Chief Executives

Further to the JNC's initial guidance (dated 25 Nov 11), please find attached Supplementary Note No 1 that deals with a few issues that have been raised by local authorities Developments at National Level on Pay for Local Government Services Employees for 2011/2012   Pay Policy Supplementary - 12 Jan

Further to the JNC's initial guidance (dated 25 Nov 11) and Supplementary Note No 1 (dated 12 Jan), please find attached Supplementary Note No 2 that deals with Pay multiple: where it should be published, Pay multiple: no requirement to publish a target, Pay multiple: calculating the average, Tax avoidance, Definition of Chief Officer Pay Policy Supplementary Part 2 - 1 March 12

The Employers' Side of the NJC for Local Government Services (Green Book) staff have today (28.10.11) received a claim from the joint trade unions in relation to pay for 2012.  Please see the claim below:  TU Pay Claim 28 Oct 11

The LGS Employers have today (17.2.11) informed the local government trade unions that they will not be in a position to make any pay offer for 2011/2012.  Please see below Circular and Options paper.

Emp Circ 17 Feb 11

Options Paper Nov 10

National Car Allowance Rates

These are the final car mileage rates issued by the NJC. See attached letter.

The Employers now encourage local organisations to adopt the rates set by HMRC which can be found on the .gov.uk website: www.gov.uk/expenses-and-benefits-business-travel-mileage/rules-for-tax

2010 report of the technical advisers

2010 NJC mileage rates