Pay and Grading

Pay and Grading

City of Wolverhampton Council offer competitive salaries that progress within different grades for the variety of jobs on offer.

All Council employees are paid monthly into their bank/ building society account on the 28th of each month (or working day prior should the 28th fall on a weekend or bank holiday). The only exception to this is in December, when employees are paid before Christmas.

Pay increases in line with nationally negotiated pay increases for local government employees as appropriate.

The council is committed to retaining its position on pay equality. We have a local collective agreement on pay and terms for employees under National Joint Council (NJC) terms and conditions for local government services, which ensures pay and allowances are managed in a fair and equal way. All posts within the council on NJC terms and conditions are graded fairly using the council’s job allocation scheme and we successfully implemented the NJC Single Status Agreement in 2013, ensuring equal pay between male and female employees who do work of equal value or work rated as equivalent. Here you can find more information on Single Status here.

What is the NJC?

The NJC is a national negotiating body made up of representatives from trade unions and the employers. The agreements they reach after their negotiations are contained in the “Green Book”.

The NJC covers over 1.5 million local government and school workers and so is an extremely important negotiating body. It also has a wider footprint in that other organisations in the public and private sector follow the NJC’s agreements.

Below is a copy of the council’s current pay and grading structure for NJC employees.

Pay and grading structure

There are a wide range of jobs and roles at the council, on various different employment terms and conditions, such as Adult Education Terms and Conditions, Senior Management (Joint National Council), Soulbury, Teachers “Grey Book” to name but a few. All of which are also subject to national and local collective agreements. Further information on these terms and conditions, can be requested from HR.

Pay and Grading Structure

Trade Unions

City of Wolverhampton Council work closely with trade unions and recognise Unison, GMB and Unite for collective bargaining purposes. We support the system of collective bargaining in every way and believe in the principle of solving employee relations problems by discussion and agreement.

If an employee chooses to join a trade union, the Council provide the facility, if requested, to deduct trade unions’ subscriptions from salaries.

Here you can find contact details of the Wolverhampton Unison branch. (Does not work in Internet Explorer, please switch to a more modern browser e.g. Google Chrome).

Further information can be found here on Unison nationally.

Terms and Conditions

The Council pride themselves on offering competitive salaries and favourable terms and conditions.

At a glance they include:

  • Continuous service honoured for annual leave, sickness, notice period and redundancy if joining from another Local Authority or related body (as covered in the Redundancy Payments (Local Government) (Modification) Orders
  • Generous sick pay scheme
  • Generous annual leave entitlement which increases with continuous service
  • Flexi time scheme
  • Flexible working policies
  • Policies based on best practice and employment law, such as disciplinary, grievances, attendance, performance management, redundancy and redeployment.

For further information, you can access the current terms and conditions here.

NJC Terms and Conditions Grade 10 and below

NJC Terms and Conditions Grade 11