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Employers’ Side Secretary, Sarah Ward
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Trade Union Side Secretary, Ben Priestley
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To: Police and crime commissioner (copy chief exec & treasurer)
Chief constables (copy force personnel/HR manager/payroll manager)
Trade Union Branches
cc: PSC members
Scotland and MPS (for information only)
24 October 2022
Joint circular no. 126 – revised pay award
This Joint Circular sets out the agreed method to implement the re-opener clause from the 2021-22 Police Staff Council pay award.
The re-opener clause is as follows:
‘…in the event that a PRRB annual award is agreed from 1 September 2022 in excess of a 3% award, as part of a single year settlement, the Employers’ Side is prepared to re-open pay negotiations on the 17- month police staff pay award to ensure that police staff do not suffer any detriment to their police officer colleagues.’
The background to the re-opener clause is as follows:
- The PSC pay award, agreed earlier this year, covers two pay years: 2021-22 and 2022-23 and was staged as follows:
- 1 September 2021: all police staff earning under £24,000 received a £250 pay rise.
- 1 April 2022: all police staff received a 2.1% pay rise to cover the period between 1 April 2022 and 31 August 2023 (17 months).
- In July 2022, the Government accepted in full a recommendation from the Police Officer Pay Review Body (PRRB) that there should be a consolidated increase of £1,900 to all police officer pay points for all ranks.
- The PSC re-opener clause was therefore triggered.
- All Police Staff Council pay points will be increased by a consolidated amount of £1900 over the period 1 April 2022 to 1 September 2023 as set out in Appendix 1.
- Negotiations will then take place in order to review the pay spine value from 1 September 2023 going forwards.
3. Additional information
- The pay spine applicable on 01.04.22, 01.09.22 and 01.09.23 can be found at Appendix I.
- Any pay points above pay point 45 on the PSC pay spine, that have been constructed in accordance with the Police Staff Council Handbook (part 2, section 1, para 1.1, Pay Spine), should be amended to provide an overall increase in line with the above principles.
- Note that for payroll purposes the pay increase on all pay points on the pay spine are rounded up and divisible by three in the PSC Pay Spine (Appendix I).
Ben Priestley, Trade Union Side Secretary
David Algie, Employers’ Side Secretariat
- Column 1 is the pay spine.
- Column 2 is the pay spine following the award of a 2.1 per cent increase to all pay points as of 1 April 2022.
- Column 3 is the pay spine with the value of the £1900 less the 2.1 per cent increase (April to Sept) from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023.
- Column 4 * is the pay spine as of 1 September 2023. Note that this will be the pay spine prior to any pay agreement for 2023-2024