Chief Officers’ pay agreement 2023 - 5 May 2023

Joint Negotiating Committee for Chief Officers of Local Authorities

To: Chief Executives in England and Wales (N Ireland for information) (to be shared with Finance Director and HR Director) Regional Employer Organisations Members of the Joint Negotiating Committee

5 May 2023

Dear Chief Executive


Employers are encouraged to implement this pay award as swiftly as possible.

Agreement has now been reached on the pay award applicable from 1 April 2023 (covering the period 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024).

The individual basic salaries 1 of all officers within scope of the JNC for Chief Officers of local authorities should be increased by 3.50 per cent with effect from 1 April 2023 (NB: this increase applies to individual salaries as well as pay points, if applicable.

Backpay for employees who have left employment since 1 April 2023

If requested by an ex-employee to do so, we recommend that employers should pay any monies due to that employee from 1 April 2023 to the employee’s last day of employment.

When salary arrears are paid to ex-employees who were in the LGPS, the employer must inform its local LGPS fund. Employers will need to amend the CARE and final pay figures (if the ex-employee has pre-April 2014 LGPS membership) accordingly.

Further detail is provided in section 15 of the HR guide and the Backdated Pay Award FAQs, which are available on the employer resources section of the LGPS website.

Yours sincerely,

Naomi Cooke

George Georgiou

Ruth Levin, UNISON

1. Basic salary should exclude other separately identified payments such as Returning Officer fees etc.