Your Pay

We recognise that you want to be paid fairly and appropriately for the work that you do and that you want your contribution to be valued.

We review our pay scales annually so they remain appropriate and competitive in our sector.

Every member of staff who meets our ‘Good Performance’ standard is eligible for the annual Pay Award paid from 01 August each year.  Your performance is important to us and we want to recognise it through the Union’s Pay Award so you can receive the pay award even when you have reached the top of your band, as a one-off payment.  All staff will receive a personalised letter in August each year to confirm their Pay Award, including their pay for the next 12 months and any one off non-pensionable payments.

You can find further details in our Pay Policy.


Planning for your future, the expected and the unexpected, is part of our Offer.  Everyone has the opportunity to join the Union’s Flexible Defined Contribution Pension Scheme which can provide a tax-efficient method of saving for your retirement.  For every 1% you contribute we will match it with 1½ times your contribution up to a maximum of 9%.  You can pay in more if you want to and we have annual updates from our pension providers so you can ask questions and plan for your future.

As a member of the Pension scheme you also have further protection and access to support including Death in Service cover, Group Income Protection (also known as permanent health insurance) and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Supporting Your Health

Being able to attend work is important. We expect people to come to work and to perform to the best of their ability when they are fit to do so. We also understand that a certain amount of absence due to illness or accident is inevitable so we provide supportive sick pay arrangements.  You can find out more in the Sickness Absence Policy.

If you are off work with a long-term illness or injury, we will do what we can to offer support to you as a valued member of staff, both during your illness and on your return to work.   We also provide access to an Occupational Health Scheme to support you through difficult times or ill health.

Your line manager will help you if you want to know more about how our sickness absence support.

Death in Service

As an ongoing and contributing member of the Union’s pension scheme, your benefits include a death in service provision of 4 times your normal basic salary payable to a beneficiary of your designation should you die while employed by the Union.  The Nomination of Beneficiary form is available on the Forms website.  For more information contact the HR Team.

Group Income Protection

As an ongoing and contributing member of the Union’s Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection (also known as Permanent Health Insurance) may provide part-replacement of salary should you be absent from work due to illness on a long term basis, subject to qualifying criteria. For more information contact the HR Team.

Employee Assistance

All Union staff who are ongoing and contributing members of the Pension Scheme can access our specialist employee assistance.  Whether you have a simple question or a complex concern, the service is there to help you and your family with practical information and advice covering a range of topics affecting health, family, money matters and work.

Confidential Consultation
The service includes practical information and advice on issues ranging from parenting and work matters, through to debt management and healthy eating.

Personal Support
The death of a close relative, whether it occurs suddenly or after a long illness, is a difficult time both practically and emotionally. Unum LifeWorks provides access to a caring professional counsellor for support on emotional matters which arise as a result of bereavement.

Referrals to local child and elder care resources
Provide a brief of your child or elder care needs and a consultant will carry out a search on your behalf and recommend available options.

Educational and Information Resources
Articles, booklets and audio recordings are available to view online, download or to order to go to your home.

Self-Assessments and Health Encyclopaedia
Take self-assessments on a range of topics or visit the in-depth health portal for information on health conditions, diet and fitness tips.

Easy Access
The service is available as part of your cover for you and your immediate family members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

0800 048 2702 (UK)

1800 937 351 (IRL)

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For further information, please contact the HR team.