This posting sets out the pay offer in relation to NICS Pay for 2016.
The overall pay package for staff is for the reporting year 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 and would apply from 1 August 2016. The elements being proposed are as follows:
- all eligible satisfactory performers to receive one step progression with effect from 1 August 2016;
- all points on pay scales from minimum to maximum to be revalorised by 1%;
- any staff receiving less than a 1% consolidated increase to receive a non-consolidated non-pensionable payment to bring them up to the equivalent value of 1% of their salary (for those in receipt of a salary in excess of the maximum, this would be limited to 1% of the equivalent NICS scale maximum) at 31 July 2016;
- the bottom two steps of the AA and analogous grades pay scale to be removed; and
- the bottom step of the AO – Grade 6 and analogous grades pay scales to be removed.
At the outset of the negotiations NIPSA made it abundantly clear that NIPSA would not trade terms and conditions of service for pay increases – which our members rightfully deserve.
As members will be aware NIPSA’s pay claim sought an accelerated rate of scale shortening. Management Side have indicated they are content to consider this on a grade specific basis in future pay rounds on a “without prejudice” basis.
While this claim falls short of the pay claim submitted by NIPSA the Civil Service Executive Committee have considered all elements of the claim and believes that it is the best that can be achieved by negotiation. The Civil Service Executive in considering the pay offer recognises that the pay offer addresses many of NIPSA’s key demands including a consolidated pay increase for all pay points including those on the maximum of their pay scale and a move towards scale shortening by ensuring in the future that for staff at AO level and above will reach the pay maximum within 4 years. NIPSA will continue to pursue our aim for further scale shortening in future pay rounds.
Management Side have advised that this package is worth around 2% of pay-bill. It is Management Side’s view that, given the current economic climate and the constraints on public spending, this is a fair deal for staff.
The Civil Service Executive Committee are therefore reluctantly recommending acceptance of the above pay offer.
The Civil Service Executive Committee are therefore moving to consult members on the pay offer. This consultation period will open immediately and will close at 2.00 pm on 9 November 2016. Thereafter the Civil Service Executive Committee will meet on 10 November 2016 to consider the outcome of the Branch Consultation exercise.