National Framework Agreement Higher Education

Information and copies of communications published during the implementation phase of the framework contract can be obtained by contacting The UCU has been monitoring the implementation of the agreement since 2004 and supports local activists in the sector to enable them to negotiate acceptable conditions for implementation within each institution. Each year, UCEA establishes an investigation into the labour forces in higher education. The 2018 survey showed that the level of employment in higher education has grown relatively well over the past decade relative to the economy as a whole. One of the most important provisions of the NFA was the introduction of a 51-point national individual salary, to which all officers are attached. The framework agreement is an agreement reached in 2004 between employers and national unions to modernise higher education wage structures. In accordance with the framework agreement, the value of the pay points in the backbone is verified by the agreed national bargaining machine and takes effect every year on 1 August. The new JNCHES 2019/20 payslip is available on the UCEA (Universities and Colleges Employers Association) website, as well as an overview of the negotiation process. Staff planning is the responsibility of the various institutions. It is informed by surveys on recruitment, engagement and fluctuation of the workforce in the higher education sector, conducted by the Association of Universities and Colleges for Employers (UCEA) and until April 2018 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (replaced in April 2018 by the Office for Students, OfS). This is partly due to HEFCE`s higher education framework, which examined the main reflections and key challenges facing workers in the English higher education sector. These include future supply and demand for university staff, given the expected changes in student demand and how the remuneration and remuneration of higher education institutions can remain competitive and equitable while remaining affordable and not jeopardize the future financial viability of the higher education sector.

This process allows UCU branches to ensure that the terms of their implementation agreement are fully in line with the national agreement and comparable to those agreed in other institutions. According to the Association of University and College Employees (UCEA), the 2018 median gave full-time university staff an annual salary of $51,043 (EUR 57,291.81). The salary premium for higher education teachers compared to other teaching professions has increased over the past decade, with secondary teachers earning 75% of their median income, up from 89% in 2002. Some aspects of the NFA are national agreements that all higher education institutions must implement and others are in favour of local negotiations in Birkbeck with our recognised unions. One of the most important provisions of the NFA is the establishment of a 51-point individual compensation base, to which all staff are assigned. There is also a need for an analytical assessment system for workstations throughout the college. For post-1992 institutions (which were created under this Act), working time and leave for university staff are the subject of national negotiations (see introduction to this article), but are not subject to any state regulation. The nationally agreed employment contract sets a maximum teaching burden of 550 hours per year and 18 hours per week, although this does not apply when the type of program and teaching style make it inappropriate, such as art, design and the performing arts. This maximum teaching load requires 36 weeks of courses and two weeks to complete administrative tasks each year.