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Soulbury officers

We act as the Secretariat for the Employers' Side of the Soulbury Committee. This was established in 1948 to provide voluntary collective bargaining machinery for Soulbury Officers who are advisory staff in children's services.


The Soulbury Committee covers approximately 4,500 staff as of December 2018 which includes:

  • educational improvement professionals (previously advisers and inspectors)
  • educational psychologists
  • young people's/community service managers (previously youth and community service officers).

Blue Book

The Blue Book 2024 is the terms and conditions handbook for Soulbury Officers. Available to LGA Workforce subscribers only.

June 2024

The Soulbury Committee is undertaking a joint workforce survey on staff numbers and pay in the sector. The survey will collect information on an individual basis for all Soulbury employees and other staff being paid on Soulbury pay rates in each local authority. If you wish to respond please email: [email protected]

May 2024

The Officers’ Side of the Soulbury Committee has submitted its pay and conditions claim for 2024. The National Employers will shortly undertake a consultation on the claim. 

December 2023

The Soulbury Committee has reached agreements on pay awards for 2022 and 2023 which are as follows: 

  • an increase of £1925 on all pay points from 1 September 2022
  • an increase of 4.04 per cent on all allowances from 1 September 2022 
  • an increase of 4 per cent on all pay points from 1 September 2023 
  • an increase of 3.88 per cent on all allowances from 1 September 2023
  • structural changes to the Soulbury pay spines from 1 September 2023. 

A Joint Education Services Circular (JESC) provides details of the agreement.

November 2023

The Employer's side has made a revised final offer to the Officers’ Side in response to the Officers’ Side’s pay and conditions claim for 2022 and a final pay offer for 2023.

June 2022

The Soulbury Committee has issued guidance on employment arrangements for trainee educational psychologists.

Joint education services circular no. 224 - trainee educational psychologists: contractual and statutory entitlements

April 2019

The Soulbury committee has updated and revised its constitution in the Blue Book.

November 2018

The Soulbury committee has undertaken a Pay and Workforce Survey which provides information about the sector.

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