Pay: Support Staff

The National Education Union represents more than 40,000 support staff members across the UK in the maintained, academy, free school, independent, further education, sixth form and university sectors, and this number is growing all the time.

The NEU welcomes into membership all professionals working in the education sector: teachers, teaching assistants, examination officers, technicians, librarians, lecturers, managers, administrators and ancillary staff.

The Green Book

The National Agreement on Pay and Conditions (more commonly referred to as the “Green Book”) covers nearly all support staff who work in the maintained and academy sectors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Green Book and Associated Matters

This guide has been produced for the use of local Officers and school Reps when dealing with support staff issues in maintained and academy school. It highlights the key differences between the Burgundy and Green Books, and also looks at other important questions, such as Term-Time Only (TTO) pay and Job Evaluation (JE).

Latest: support staff pay negotiations

Unions have rejected the latest pay offer for state sector education support staff and are considering balloting for industrial action.

The National Employers side of the National Joint Council (NJC) has made what it described as its “final” offer on July 27.

It included a 1.75 per cent rise for the vast majority of staff, but with a 2.75 per cent increase in pay for anyone earning less than £18,198 (Full Time Equivalent – FTE) a year.

An earlier offer of 1.5 per cent across the board was rejected by the trade unions represented on the NJC. The unions’ original pay claim in February was for a minimum of ten per cent and a 35-hour working week.

Any final agreement on pay will be backdated to April 1st.

August 2021