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Pay and Reward - general update (Aug 19)

The pay negotiations are now considered to be concluded and the University has chosen to implement the pay award for staff with effect from 1 August 2019.

Discussions between Higher Education employers and Trades Unions on the national pay award for 2019/20 concluded with a final offer from employers of 1.80%, rising to 3.56% for those on Warwick’s lowest spinal point.

The offer is constructed to respond to the trade unions’ request to address increases at the lower end of the pay scales where it is acknowledged that the cost of living pressures are felt most keenly. The offer therefore includes higher awards for points 4 - 16 on the pay spine ranging from 3.56% to 1.82% and 1.80% for points 17 and above. Approximately 50% of staff at Warwick that are covered by the negotiations are also eligible for incremental pay increases typically worth 3%.

As in previous years, the University will pay a cash bonus to any member of staff in post at 31 July 2019 whose pay for the financial year falls short of that recommended by the Living Wage Foundation in its November 2018 review. The University is committed to paying the Living Wage Foundation rate which is higher than the National Living Wage and to ensuring that all employees receive no less than £9.00 per hour for a 36.5 hour week. This Living Wage cash bonus will be paid to eligible staff in the August pay run.

University schemes

Merit Pay – what you need to know

Merit Pay is a financial award for staff which recognises sustained excellence of performance and contribution. The Merit Pay scheme for 2018/19 is separate from the PDR process. An individual’s PDR can however give Line Managers a full and accurate understanding of all individual achievements for the year, and as such, engagement with the PDR process is encouraged.

The scheme will operate on a nomination basis only, with nominations coming from an individual’s line manager. The Merit Pay review period for this year is from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, with awards being paid with the November 2019 salary.

Find out more about the scheme

If you have any questions regarding Merit Pay, please contact your Line Manager or your HR Adviser.

SPRR (Senior Performance Remuneration Review) – what you need to know

The aim of SPRR is to encourage, recognise and reward sustained excellence of performance and contribution of senior staff. The review is also to encourage senior colleagues to focus on the achievement of their individual goals which, in turn, drive the achievement of the University’s objectives.

The SPRR review period for this year is from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, with awards being paid with the November 2019 salary. As in previous years, SPRR will continue be linked to performance and will be on a self-nomination basis. Individuals are required to complete a nomination form for SPRR which is separate from the Personal Development Review (PDR) form.

Find out more about the scheme

If you have any questions regarding SPRR, please contact your Head of Department or your HR Adviser.