Council staff to receive two-year pay increase

The National Employers have made a two-year deal to unions, which will see council staff being offered a one per cent pay increase from April 2016, and a further one per cent the following year. 

The wage increase will also see employees on lower salaries be given further rises to take into account the new National Living Wage. The deal will not cover chief executives or senior staff, but will affect more than one million workers. 

Councillor Sian Timoney, chair of the Employers’ Side, commented: “Despite the challenges now facing local authorities following the Spending Review and new National Living Wage, there is a broad consensus among councils that there should be a pay offer to staff this year.

“This offer balances our commitment to increase the pay of our hardworking employees with the responsibility we have to address the ongoing financial pressures we face. We believe that this is a fair deal for employees, given the limits of what we can afford, and a fair deal for the taxpayers and residents who use and pay for the vital services which local government provides.”