JNC for Youth and Community Workers - Pay Update

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JNC for Youth and Community Workers - Pay Update

The JNC was established in 1961 following recommendations from the Albemarle report on the youth service in England. The Staff Side is made up of: Unite who hold the Secretariat with 8 seats, University and College Union (UCU) with 2 seats, National Union of Teachers (NUT) with 2 seats and UNISON with 4 seats. Details of current negotiations are listed below.

October 2014 - The Employers Side have indicated that they will be unable to make a formal response until at least mid November.

June 2014 - The Staff Side Pay Claim for 2014 has been presented to the Employers Side at a full JNC meeting held on June 24th and it can be read here. The Employers will consult over the next six weeks and will respond in later September.

January 2013 The Staff Side of the JNC have reluctantly settled the 2013 Pay Claim. Full details can be found by following the links here:JESC 194 and JESC 194 Appendix

December 2012 - JNC Report 2012 - The JNC for Youth and Community Workers has now published its revised Agreement (Pink book), 2012 edition. The new edition revises the 2005 Report and amending circulars. It includes the full, current conditions of service for youth and community workers and covers issues such as maternity, sick leave and qualified youth worker status.The report is available to download in full here free of charge.

29 June 2012 - The Employer’s Side of the JNC have rejected all elements of the 2011/12 pay claim for youth and community workers. This includes a rejection to pay the £250 to workers earning less than £21,000 as promised by the Chancellor in his budget speech. It also rejects the removal of the bottom two points off the Youth Support Worker Range. The letter states that "this decision has been taken in the light of the extremely serious financial position authorities have to deal with. While these circumstances are likely to continue for some time we also recognise that the current economic climate is placing pressure on the living standards of youth and community service employees and that this is the third year without application of a national pay award." Unite is committed to the fight for pay and is also committed to the protection of JNC and national bargaining committees across local government. The response can be read in full here.The claim for 2012 can be accessed here.

28 March 2012 - The Staff Side have formally submitted the 2012 pay claim. A full copy of the claim can be found here.

30 June 2011 - A response to the claim has been received from the Employers Side. All elements of the claim have been rejected.

15 May 2011 - The Staff Side have formally submitted the 2011 pay claim. A full copy of the claim can be found here.

14 October 2010 - The Staff Side has received a response from the Employers and a copy of the response can be seen here.

6 October 2010 - The Staff Side of the JNC has written to the Employers Side lodging a formal dispute. A copy of the letter can be seen here.

17 June 2010 - The JNC for youth and community workers met yesterday (17/06/10) where the employer`s presented their response to the staff side pay claim. All elements of the claim were rejected by the employers. A full copy of the employer`s response can be accessed here.

12 April 2010 - The Staff Side have formally submitted the 2010 pay claim. A full copy of the claim can be found here.

1 February 2010 - Following extensive consultation, the Staff Side have agreed to accept the final offer of 1% on all pay points and allowances as put forward by the Employers’ Side. Further details can be found in JESC 172.

21 October 2009 - The Employers’ Side made a final offer to the Staff Side at the JNC meeting on 21 September 2009.   Following consultation with constituent local authorities and voluntary organisations the employers have offered a 1% increase on all grades and allowances and rejected all elements of our claim except one.

15 October 2009 - The Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers (JNC) has issued guidance relating to Irregular Working Patterns and the ruling on rolled up holiday pay which can be found in JESC 171.

2 July 2009 - The Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers (JNC) has issued agreement on “Time off in Lieu (TOIL), Flexible Working and Compensation Arrangements for Youth and Community Workers”.  This agreement is the result of consultation with employers and trade unions and includes recommended good practice and guidance in relation to flexible working, work planning and time off in lieu and details can be found in JESC 167.

25 June 2009 - The JNC has issued an update of the JNC Report App IV - Guidance on linking skills, competencies and qualification in the JNC framework. This has been done in light of changes to qualifications and in readiness for the adoption of the degree level qualification for the Professional Range in 2010 and can be found in JESC 166.

7 May 2009 - Following extensive consultation, the Staff Side have agreed to accept the final revised offer of 2.75% on all pay points and allowances as put forward by the Employers Side. Further details can be found in JESC 165.

19 March 2009 - The Staff Side are consulting on a revised pay offer of 2.75% put forward by the Employers Side in the 2008 pay negotiations.

25 February 2009 - The JNC has now agreed Terms of Reference for arbitration:
"The Arbitration Board is asked to consider the arguments put forward by both Sides and resolve the 2008/09 pay dispute. The Arbitration Board shall take into account annual levels of affordability for all local authorities within the context of the 2008-11 CSR period settlements and the impact of the changing economic circumstances since April 2008."  A date is now being sought for the arbitration hearing.

5 February 2009 - The Staff Side have rejected the proposal put forward by the Employers Side and wish to pursue arbitration. Arbitration will take place once Terms of Reference have been agreed. 

2 February 2009 - A proposal has been put forward by the Employers, without prejudice, that arbitration should be cancelled and the following agreed: -The Staff Side is prepared to accept the Employers’ offer of:

  • A 2.45% increase on all pay points and London allowances
  • An intention to delete pay points 11 and 12 from the Professional Range by 1 September 2010. This is subject to agreeing implementation arrangements by 1 September 2009; 
  • Agreement in principle to promoting the JNC in the voluntary sector and a proposal to set up an exploratory meeting between the Joint Secretaries and appropriate national voluntary organisations;
  • The addition of 2 discretionary points at the top of the Professional Range.  This is subject to jointly agreeing clear criteria and robust guidance on how such points might be used. The Employers’ Side will provide details of the financial value of the two discretionary points for agreement in due course;
  • A joint review of the national appeals system by September 2009.

The Employers’ Side recognises the Staff Side’s right to return to the matter of salaries. Should the proposal be accepted, the 2.45% salary increase would be payable as soon as practically possible. 

23 December 2008 - The Staff Side has invoked the arbitration clause of the JNC Report and have referred the pay dispute to ACAS. 

25 November 2008 -The JNC met today to receive the Staff Side’s response to the Employers’ final offer. The Staff Side accepted all elements of the Employers’ offer except the pay and allowances increase of 2.45%. The Staff Side has indicated that it may refer the matter to ACAS.

31 July 2008 - A JNC meeting was held today where it was agreed that the following joint statement should be issued:
’that further discussions are needed to consider properly the contribution and value of the JNC workforce to service improvement, delivery of services and the needs of children and young people.  These discussions will be on the basis of nothing ruled in or out and will aim to conclude with early proposals that recognise the aspirations of the workforce and financial position of local government.  The outcome of these discussions will inform the approach to the employment package for 2009 and beyond, and will commence in August 2008 with a view to early progress and conclusion."

25 June 2008 - The Employers’ Side made a final offer to the Staff Side at the JNC meeting on 24 June 2008.  A summary of the offer is as follows:

  • A 2.45% increase on all pay points and London
  • An intention to delete pay points 11 and 12 from the Professional Range by 1 September 2010. This is subject to agreeing implementation arrangements by 1 September 2009;
  • Agreement in principle to promoting the JNC in the voluntary sector and a proposal to set up an exploratory meeting between the Joint Secretaries and appropriate national voluntary organisations;
  • The addition of 2 discretionary points at the top of the Professional Range.  This is subject to jointly agreeing clear criteria and robust guidance on how such points might be used.
  • A joint review of the national appeals system by September 2009.

The Staff Side will respond to the offer at the next JNC meeting on 31 July 2008. 

  •  A 1.0% increase on all pay points and London allowances.
  • An agreement to continue to press for key worker status for youth and community workers.

All other elements of the claim were not supported. Constituent unions are presently consulting with members before a response to the offer is made.

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