Youth and community workers

We act as the Secretariat for the Employers' Side of the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for Youth and Community Workers.

This was established in 1951 to provide voluntary collective bargaining machinery for youth and community workers in local government.

It covers approximately 7,102 staff in the statutory sector – as of August 2021 – including those on the:

  • youth and community support workers range
  • professional range.

August 2023

The JNC Staff Side has submitted the following pay and conditions claim for 2023:

  • an increase of RPI plus two per cent across all grades
  • a recruitment and retention payment for all JNC staff of £1,000 per year in place until the completion of the grading matrix review
  • address work-life balance and time off in lieu – by making the current guidance on work-life balance mandatory, to ensure compensatory leave (TOIL) is always accrued for extra hours worked. Each working week should contain two consecutive days that are designated as nonworking days. Any TOIL for residential work will be completely separate from these designated non-working days.
  • move to a 35-hour working week without loss of pay - with sufficient time for planning and admin, with a further commitment to work towards a four-day week, without loss of pay, going forward. Further work and completion of the race and gender pay gaps in youth work review.
  • amend the agreement to include youth work employers covered by contracts, grant aid and any other local authority funding arrangements.
  • joint working to promote the JNC in the voluntary sector.

The National Employers are currently undertaking a consultation of local authorities on the JNC Youth & Community Pay and Conditions Claim 2023. It will aim to respond to the Staff Side next month.

December 2022

This confirms a pay agreement for:

  • an increase of £1925 on all other spinal column points on the Youth and Community Support Worker Range and the Professional Range from 1 September 2022
  • an increase of 4.04 per cent on the London Area Allowances and Sleeping-In-Duty Allowance from 1 September 2022.

October 2022

The National Employers have made a pay offer to the JNC Staff Side. The Staff Side will undertake a consultation on the offer.

July 2022

The Staff Side of the JNC Youth and Community Workers has submitted its pay and conditions claim for 2022. The National Employers will shortly undertake a consultation on the claim.

March 2022

The JNC for Youth and Community Workers has conducted a pay and workforce survey. This final Pay and Workforce survey report provides information and analysis on the current youth and community workforce and sector.

Pink Book

The 'Pink Book' is the terms and conditions handbook for Youth and Community Workers. The most recent update is from 2023.
Please note that Appendix 1 - JNC endorsed professional qualifications is available as a web page, and is not in the below PDF.

The JNC determines pay for youth and community workers - previous settlements as follows


Email: Youth&[email protected]

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