UNISON Northern Ireland

UNISON has written to employers to implement the new NJC pay Agreement

A pay increase from April 2022

Final agreement has been reached on rates of pay applicable under NJC from 1 April 2022. The new pay rates for Education workers on a 36 hour week will be provided by the EA and UNISON will publish all details for our members .

The new rates for allowances, uprated by 4.04%, will also be included.

The NJC has agreed that from 1 April 2023, Spinal Column Point (SCP) 1 will be permanently deleted from the NJC pay spine. 

Annual Leave

The NJC has agreed that from 1 April 2023, all employees covered by this National Agreement, regardless of their current leave entitlement or length of service, will receive a permanent increase of one day (pro rata for part-timers) to their annual leave entitlement. 

The NJC’s full expectation is that the additional day’s leave will be applied for all NJC staff.  With effect from 1 April 2023, the minimum paid annual leave entitlement is twenty-three days with a further three days after five years of continuous service. 

Extra Statutory Holidays 

Employees shall have an entitlement to two extra statutory days holiday, the timing of which shall be determined by the authority in consultation with the recognised Trade Unions with a view to reaching agreement or added to annual leave by local agreement.

Joint work

The NJC has also agreed to enter into discussions on homeworking policies, mental health support and maternity leave.

Backpay for employees who have left employment since 1 April 2022.

If requested by an ex-employee to do so, we recommend that employers should pay any monies due to that employee from 1 April 2022 to the employee’s last day of employment. When salary arrears are paid to ex-employees who were in the LGPS, the employer must inform its local LGPS fund. Employers will need to amend the CARE and final pay figures (if the ex-employee has pre-April 2014 LGPS membership).


For information on how this increase might affect your UNIVERSAL Credit please contact your local UNISON branch.