Like most other UK Universities, we use a nationally agreed single pay spine.
The University of Essex has 11 Grades and 53 spinal points.
In most cases, our employees will receive annual increments until
their scale maximum is reached. In cases where employees are placed on a fixed
salary point, no increments will be awarded.
Increments are awarded annually at 1 August (for Grades 1-6) or 1 October
(for Grades 7-11) each year, subject to satisfactory service. The award of the
first increment on the scale is subject to 6 months of continuous satisfactory
service in the Grade by the 1 August (Grades 1-6) or 1 October (Grades 7-11).
Those areas shaded in grey on the Pay Structure are discretionary points and are
only awarded to those individuals who have reached the top of their grade and
who have shown continuing and sustained work performance over an extended period
of time. No individual may be awarded a discretionary salary point unless
already at the top of the ordinary scale or currently paid on a range of
discretionary points at the top of a scale.
All our employees normally receive an annual salary increase,
negotiated at national level with the recognised trade unions, and usually
effective from 1 August each year.