Band 6

This section explains in detail what would happen to band 6 during the transition.

This is not intended to show existing individual staff what their basic salary will be each year. For this, please use the pay calculator to see how the combination of annual award, increments and reform will affect you.

For staff in band 6 currently at the top of the pay band

This would amount to a total increase on basic pay of 9% over three years.

For staff in band 6 who are below top of band

This would mean:

  • Improving starting salaries in each pay band by removing overlaps between bands. This would start in year one and be finished in year three. Staff who are due to move up to a point that will be deleted would automatically go to the point above.
  • Deleting points in the mid-range of each band in years two and three of the deal. Again, staff who are due to move up to a point that will be deleted would automatically go to the point above.

Combination of these changes would mean different pay increases for different staff as we help more people reach the rate for the job more quickly.

Progression in new system

Most existing band 6 staff would be at the full rate of pay in the band by the end of four years following this pay deal.

For new starters incremental progression will work quite differently.

As part of the agreement to shorten pay bands so staff get to the top more quickly, staff in band 6 will stay on the entry point for two years. They will then progress to an intermediate point, and after another three years be able to access the top of the band. This means that instead of a small annual increment, increases will be larger but there will be a longer interval between them.

However, in the current system it takes staff in band 6 eight years to reach the top rate and in the new system it will only take five years – a reduction of three years.

To get the clearest idea of what these changes will mean for you use the pay calculator to see how the combination of annual award, increments and reform will affect you.