How do the University salary scales work?

The University has a single pay spine which most members of staff are paid on. Clinical staff have their own salary scale in line with the NHS pay and grading structure.

The salary scales are split into grades, and your grade depends on your job.

Each year you will normally move one point up the scale until you reach the top of your grade. This is called an annual salary increment. However, you will not automatically move into the discretionary points (the shaded areas at the top of each grade of the University salary scales).

How do you move up the incremental scale?

Each grade is made up of between five and seven points (not including the discretionary points) and you will start on one of these points when you join the University, are promoted or you move to a new role at a different grade.

If you are not at the top of the grade your increment will be paid either on the anniversary of your appointment (if that is the first of the month) or on the first of the month following your start date with us. Your increment date will be clearly stated on your letter of appointment or the letter confirming your promotion.

Can I move up the scale more quickly?

If you have not reached the top of your grade and you feel that you are making a continued contribution above the normal expectation for your role, you can apply through the Contribution Pay exercise for an additional scale increment. This would be in addition to your annual increment.

When you get to the top of your grade you will no longer get an automatic increment. However, you can apply for a discretionary increment through the Contribution Pay exercise if you feel that the contribution you have made is exceptional and is over and above the normal expectation for someone in your role who is at the top of the grade.