Starting salaries and exceptional recruitment or retention pay

To attract and retain high calibre staff, our pay scales and benefits are competitive. 

To balance our legal obligations on equal pay (and commitment to consistency and fairness) with the need to attract and retain high calibre staff, the following separate guidance on starting salaries and exceptional recruitment or retention pay applies.

Guidance on starting salaries - and business case for exceptional starting salary above the norm (Word 47 Kb)

Guidance on exceptional recruitment or retention pay - and exceptional recruitment or retention payment proposal form (Word 50 Kb)

In addition, in some specific circumstances, a salary increase or an extra payment might be appropriate and necessary as follows:

  • For a substantial one-off contribution, a one-off contribution bonus (band 200-500, grade 6-9, professorgrade 10)
  • Further to a sustained exceptional contribution, a salary increase (band 200-500, grade 6-9, professorgrade 10)
  • For a short-fixed-term acting-up arrangements to a higher graded role, an acting-up allowance 
  • For a fixed-term key academic leadership role, such as Head of School, a honoraria
  • In the infrequent cases where an individual is employed to work in London, 

    a specified Inner London Weighting, reviewed annually.  From 9 November 2016, the full-time equivalent inner London weighting is £3000 a year.  For part-time appointments, the London Weighting is pro-rata.  The weighting is based on the UCEA 2015/16 research of full-time annual London allowance paid by 20 of 21 London universities.
  • Grading or banding (band 200-500, grade 6-9, professor)

 

Documentation

Guidance on honoraria for fixed-term key leadership roles, such as Head of School

Guidance on starting salaries - and business case for exceptional starting salary above the norm

Guidance on exceptional recruitment or retention pay - and exceptional recruitment or retention payment proposal form

Guidance on acting-up allowance for short fixed-term acting-up arrangement to a higher graded role

Related links

Salary progression incrementation and re-grading