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GMB members working in local government and school & academies that follow National Joint Council (NJC Green Book) pay, terms and conditions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, have now received details of the 2022 pay offer.

2022/23 Local Government & Schools Pay offer is for one year and it is as follows:

  • With effect from 1 April 2022, an increase of £1,925 on all NJC pay points 1 and above. This equates to 10.50% for SCP1 and no less than 4.04% for SCP43.
  • With effect from 1 April 2022, an increase of 4.04% on all allowances (as listed in the 2021 NJC pay agreement circular dated 28 February 2022)
  • With effect from 1 April 2023an increase of one day to all employees’ annual leave entitlement
  • With effect from 1 April 2023, the deletion of pay point 1 from the NJC pay spine

The employers have already agreed to complete the work of the joint term-time only review group and have begun discussions on homeworking policies but are not prepared to discuss a homeworking allowance. On Mileage Allowances, the LGA has agreed to make representation to the HMRC.

However, the employers have rejected the following elements of the pay claim:

  • A one-off COVID-19 recognition payment that covers all NJC workers
  • Introduction of a homeworking allowance for all staff who are working from home
  • The introduction of a school support staff retention payment scheme, supported by Green Book guidance
  • A reduction of the working week to 35 hours with no loss of pay, and a reduction to 34 hours a week in London.

Our demand in the pay claim was fair: we wanted a pay award that keeps pace with inflation; a Covid recognition payment, a review of term time only contracts and consideration of retainers; a reduction in the working week (without loss of pay) to 35 hours (34 hours in London); a review of mileage rates.  


What happens next?


GMB Senior reps across Local Authorities, Schools and Academies will be meeting today (Wednesday 3rd August 2022) At this meeting a timetable will be agreed for a pay ballot. In GMB, all members have their say on pay. Make sure all your membership contact details are up to date.


Help build the union in your workplace.

  1. Update your details – every GMB member will get their vote make sure your details are up to date.
  1. Become a workplace leader – click the link or contact branch office to find out how you can get involved
  1. Recruit a member  – Strength in numbers! The more people who join GMB, the stronger we can make your work better
  1. Organise a workplace meeting or email us and we will organise one in your workplace.

Posted: 3rd August 2022

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