UNISON, Napo, and GMB/SCOOP have submitted the following three-year pay claim on behalf of members in the Probation Service:
While a wage keeping pace with the cost of living each year would have risen by 42.9% (compound) since 2010, pay in Probation has risen by just 1% over the same period, which means that thousands of pounds have been cut from the value of staff wages.
By ‘pay rise’, we mean an actual increase in the value of pay points. It is these values which have only gone up by only 1% in the last 12 years for probation staff.
Do not confuse your annual increment with a pay rise. Your increment is a contractual entitlement, not a pay rise.
Here is how probation staff compare with their police staff, local government and health service colleagues in relation to actual increases in the value of their pay since 2010:
Remember, staff in the police, local government and the health service have had their increments in addition to the pay rises above. It is no wonder that leaving probation for a job in a different part of the public sector has become so attractive.
Inflation is currently running at 9% (March 2022) which is the highest level in three decades. For the value of probation staff salaries not to fall back even further, they must at least keep pace with predicted rises in the cost of living, which Treasury forecasts put at 7.4% in 2022.
Staff have experienced an enormous surge in costs over the last year, including:
These demands on pay packets will be even greater against the background of the 1.25% increase to National Insurance contributions over 2022/23.
UNISON, Napo and GMB/SCOOP are holding another online pay briefing to introduce the pay claim and to answer any questions which members may have on their pay at 12.30 on Friday 13 May. Please join us via this link
Here you will have an opportunity to hear more from Napo, UNISON and GMB about the pay claim and the joint campaigning work that you can get involved in to help strengthen our negotiating efforts.
 HM Treasury, Forecasts for the UK Economy, February 2022