Local Government Pay Settlements Financial year 2021/2022
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During November and early December, COSLA has agreed pay settlements with our Unions for three groups of Scottish Local Government Employees. A summary of the agreed settlements is provided below.

For Chief Executives & Chief Officers, Scottish Joint Council (SJC) Local Government Employees, and Craft Operatives:

  • An agreement that covers the period from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.
  • An increase in the Scottish Local Government Living Wage (SLGLW) rate to £9.78 per hour. (This is the agreed minimum hourly rate that will apply to any employee of a Scottish Council.)
  • An £850 increase in salary for all those who earn £25,000 or less.
  • A 2% increase for those earning more than £25,000 and up to £40,000.
  • A 1% increase for those earning more than £40,000 and up to £80,000.
  • An £800 flat rate increase in salary for all those earning over £80,000 annually.

Additionally, the following has been agreed:

  • Backdating the implementation date of the pay increases for the 3 months from January to March 2021.

SJC employees and many Craft Operatives have pay expressed as an hourly rate rather than an annual salary. For employees who have pay expressed as an hourly rate the salary thresholds were calculated on a nominal 37-hour week. The flat rate increases of £850 and £800 were calculated on nominal 37-hour week. This means that all employees in these groups will receive the same change in hourly rate of pay regardless of whether their normal full-time working week is 35, 36, or 37 hours.

At the time of publication, COSLA continues to be in active discussion with our SNCT Unions about pay for teachers and associated educational professionals.

COSLA Employers Team

December 2021