Trade Union activity

FOI request reference: F0046241
Publication date: July 2016

Request:

Dear Sir/Madam,

We request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

1)    Name of unions which are signatories to your main collective agreement covering pay and conditions;

2)    Number of employees covered by the agreement;

3)    Lists of grades and current pay rates. Please indicate any agreed equivalence between the grade names used within the list and the following civil service grades:

1) Administrative Assistant (AA)
2) Administrative Officer (AO)
3) Executive Officer (EO)
4) Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
5) Senior Executive Officer (SEO)
6) Grade 7
7) Grade 6

4)    Copy of your latest pay settlement. If the latest pay settlement is based on the 1% maximum paybill increase set by the Treasury, please provide the following information on how the 1% has been applied:

1) Have there been any changes to the pay scales?
2) Are progression payments being paid?
3) Are performance-related bonuses being paid?  If so, what are the arrangements for performance-related bonuses?

We look forward to hearing from you.

Outcome:

Successful

Response:

Thank you for your enquiry of 29th June 2016 in which you asked for information about unions and agreement covering pay/conditions at The National Archives.

We have handled your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).  The FOI Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you want and to have it communicated to you.

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request. We are pleased to be able to provide this information to you:-

1) Name of unions which are signatories to your main collective agreement covering pay and conditions:

PCS, Prospect, FDA

2) Number of employees covered by the agreement:

All 600 staff (figure correct as of 30 June 2016), with the exception of our Directors and CEO, as Senior Civil Servants (SCS) their pay is not included in the pay guidance received from Treasury or the pay negotiations with the Unions.

3) Lists of grades and current pay rates. Please indicate any agreed equivalence between the grade names used within the list and the following civil service grades:

1) Administrative Assistant (AA) Band A (no longer recruited to)
2) Administrative Officer (AO) Band C & band B
3) Executive Officer (EO) Band D
4) Higher Executive Officer (HEO) Band E
5) Senior Executive Officer (SEO) Band F
6) Grade 7 Band G
7) Grade 6 Band H

Min Max
£17,597 £20,638 Band B
£18,462 £23,623 Band C
£21,831 £29,093 Band D
£26,075 £34,316 Band E
£31,856 £46,860 Band F
£41,970 £55,768 Band G
£50,044 £66,278 Band H

 

4) Copy of your latest pay settlement. If the latest pay settlement is based on the 1% maximum paybill increase set by the Treasury, please provide the following information on how the 1% has been applied:

We are unable to provide you with a copy of the pay settlement for 2016/17 as this has not yet been finalised.  However we can provide the information that we do hold that relates to the settlement:-

  • All staff rated above ‘poor’ who were in post on 1 April 2016 will receive 1% consolidated increase on their current basic salary, including those paid above the band maximum.
  • We will increase the minimum and maximum value of the pay bands C to H by 1% for 2016/17.
  • We will uplift the bottom of band B by 7% to £17,597, to provide the London Living Wage.
  • Staff in band B who currently earn below the new minimum will be moved up to the new minimum, or receive an increase of 1%, whichever is greater.

Have there been any changes to the pay scales?

Yes as a result of the settlement we will replace the minimum and maximum values of each band to reflect the 1% increase; except band B which has been uplifted by 2.7% at the bottom of the band and 1% at the top of the band.

Are progression payments being paid?

No

Are performance-related bonuses being paid? If so, what are the arrangements for performance-related bonuses?

Yes, staff receiving an assessment of ‘exceeds’ in the annual performance management process will receive a share of the non-consolidated bonus pot for Band B – Band H (excluding SCS);  calculated as 5% of total annual basic salaries.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request or the decision which has been reached, you have the right to ask for an internal review.  Internal review requests must be submitted within two months of the date of this response and should be addressed to:

Quality Manager
Public Services Development Unit
The National Archives
Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 4DU

complaints@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Please mark your complaint clearly.  You have the right to ask the Information Commissioner (ICO) to investigate any aspect of your complaint.  However, please note that the ICO is likely to expect internal complaints procedures to have been exhausted before beginning his investigation.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Assessor
Freedom of Information Centre
Information Management and Practice Department
The National Archives