Pay award 2021 - 2022

Updated 19 May 2022 for Learning and Teaching colleagues only

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) and The Scottish Joint Council have now agreed a pay awards for local government employees, Chief Officials, Craft and Learning and Teaching colleagues across Scotland. 

Local Government employees

The CoSLA settlement is based on a 37 hour working week and will be pro-rated accordingly in relation to our 36 hour working week. Take a look at the 36 hour working week table to understand what the 2021/ 22 pay award means for you.

The pay award will be pro-rated for colleagues who work part-time hours and/or work on a term-time basis.

Pay award based on 37 hour working week published by CoSLA

2021/ 22 Scottish Local Government Living Wage hourly rate £9.78

2020/ 21 full-time salary 2021/ 22 Pay award
Less than £25k £850
£25k to £40k 2%
£40k to £80k 1%
More than £80k £800

Pay award for 36 hour working week at The City of Edinburgh Council

2021/ 22 Scottish Local Government Living Wage hourly rate £9.78

2020/ 21 full-time salary 2021/ 22 Pay award
Less than £24,324 (SCP019 to SCP040) £827
£24,324 to £38,919 (SCP041 to SCP072) 2%
£38,919 to £77,838 (SCP073 to SCP118) 1%
More than £77,838 (SCP119 to SCP125) £770

Read the new hourly rates and annual salary information for 2021/ 22

Chief Officials

  • A 2% increase for those earning more than £25,000 and up to £40,000 annually
  • A 1% increase for those earning more than £40,000 and up to £80,000 annually
  • An £800 flat rate increase in salary for all those earning over £80,000 annually

Craft and Craft Apprentices

Craft Apprentices
Apprenticeship Year Salary Scale Point (SCP) Hourly rate Annual salary
Year 1 461A £9.78 £18,372
Year 2 462A £10.03 £18,844
Year 3 463A £11.46 £21,535
Year 4 464A £12.18 £22,881

We remain committed to ensuring all employees are paid the Scottish Local Government Living Wage, and as part of the new CoSLA arrangements, the new rate from 1 January 2021 is £9.78.

Learning and Teaching groups

CoSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) and Trade Unions have agreed the 2021/ 22 pay award for Learning and Teaching groups across Scotland.  

  • The pay award for those with a current salary under £80,000 is a 1.22% increase to salary effective from 1 April 2021, and a further 1% increase to salary effective from 1 January 2022.
  • The pay award for those with a current salary over £80,000 is an £800 increase to salary effective from 1 April 2021.
  • The pay award will be pro-rated for colleagues who work part-time hours.

Read the new annual salary information for 2021/ 22

£100 payment

In addition to the uplifts to salary pay points, employees in post on 31 March 2022 will receive a one-off non-recurring payment of up to £100. The payment will be applied to permanent, temporary and supply colleagues and, if applicable, will be pro-rated accordingly.

All contracts will be taken into consideration when calculating payment for colleagues who have a mix of permanent, temporary, and supply contracts, up to a maximum of 1 FTE.

Please read the Pay award information guide for learning and teaching for further guidance on how this payment will be applied.

When back-pay will be paid

  • Local Government employees, Tertiary workers, Chief Officials, and Craft received their back-pay from 1 January 2021, when they were paid on 22 December 2021.
  • Learning and Teaching employees will receive their back-pay from 1 April 2021, when they’re paid on 26 May 2022.

Further information

We appreciate that this pay award will likely affect many of you differently and you may have questions.  

May payslips

These are now available to view online on myHR. Supply colleagues without access to myHR will receive a printed payslip by post, these will be mailed on 19 May.

Due to the current volumes of work within askHR we're unable to issue duplicate payslips at this time.

We ask that colleagues don’t compare payslips as back-payments will vary from employee to employee, dependent on individual contractual arrangements and any adjustments to pay during the year.

When looking at back-pay values, colleagues should consider if any of the following might have impacted their total back-pay calculated over the period April 2021 to April 2022

  • change to hours
  • change to role, grade or salary
  • adjustments to pay linked to sickness absence, maternity leave, employment breaks or any unpaid leave
  • any other relevant adjustments.

Support

  • Given the level of checking and validation carried out, we’re confident that the May payments being made to Learning and Teaching colleagues are accurate, therefore the askHR team won’t manually calculate and check payments where this is requested, as this validation has already taken place.
  • If any colleagues believe there’s a genuine error in their May pay, we ask that they check the online guidance before contacting askHR.