Support staff payscales

Maintained schools

Most local authority schools use the local government pay scales to pay their support staff in conjunction with National Joint Council terms and conditions. However, this can vary between local authorities, which means it is not possible to be prescriptive about the rate of pay support staff will receive.

An employee's contract should state their rate of pay, the point on the local government pay scale this refers to, and how the rate will increase on an incremental basis to a certain point.

Academies and Free Schools

Most academies have maintained the link to the Local Government pay arrangements, which means that they adhere to the pay agreements reached periodically, and also use the Local Government pay spine (see below).

However, some Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) have negotiated new arrangements for support staff pay. You can find out about the position in your MAT here.

Free schools have the ability to set their own pay, terms and conditions, without reference to the Maintained sector. If you work in a free school and would like to discuss the pay situation with an ATL Official, please contact Peter Morris.

Independent schools

Support staff in independent schools are employed on a range of terms and conditions that are determined by their individual contracts.

Some schools employ support staff on a term-time-only basis whereby they are paid for the weeks they work, usually 38 or 39, and then have a leave entitlement added on. This effectively means that they are paid for around 43 or 44 weeks of the year. If a job is advertised quoting a 52-week salary on a term-time-only basis, this can sometimes lead to confusion as the actual term time only salary is significantly less.

Some independent schools use the local government pay scale as the basis for paying support staff, and also increase salaries by the local government pay award each year. However, the incremental annual salary rise which is mandatory in the state sector is not always incorporated into contracts.

Other schools have their own salary rates but as with teachers, details of support staff pay should be included in a written pay policy.

Local government payscale for support staff

Spine point April 2013 January 2015
5 £12,435 £13,500
6 £12,614 £13,614
7 £12,915 £13,715
8 £13,321 £13,871
9 £13,725 £14,075
10 £14,013 £14,338
11 £14,880 £15,207
12 £15,189 £15,523
13 £15,598 £15,941
14 £15,882 £16,231
15 £16,215 £16,572
16 £16,604 £16,969
17 £16,998 £17,372
18 £17,333 £17,714
19 £17,980 £18,376
20 £18,638 £19,048
21 £19,317 £19,742
22 £19,817 £20,253
23 £20,400 £20,849
24 £21,067 £21,530
25 £21,734 £22,212
26 £22,443 £22,937
27 £23,188 £23,698
28 £23,945 £24,472
29 £24,892 £25,440
30 £25,727 £26,293
31 £26,539 £27,123
32 £27,323 £27,924
33 £28,127 £28,746
34 £28,922 £29,558
35 £29,528 £30,178
36 £30,311 £30,978
37 £31,160 £31,846
38 £32,072 £32,778
39 £33,128 £33,857
40 £33,998 £34,746
41 £34,894 £35,662
42 £35,784 £36,571
43 £36,676 £37,483
44 £37,578 £38,405
45 £38,422 £39,267
46 £39,351 £40,217
47 £40,254 £41,140
48 £41,148 £42,053
49 £42,032 £42,957

London weighting and fringe area allowances

Area April 2013
January 2015
Inner London £3,332 £3,405
Outer London £1,773 £1,812
Greater London £2,436 £2,490

Special educational needs allowance

April 2013
January 2015
£1,189 £1,215

Need further advice?

Your first point of contact is your ATL rep in your school or college. Your local ATL branch is also available to help with queries, or you can contact ATL's member advisors on tel: 020 7930 6441 or email us. Please have your membership number to hand when telephoning and include it with any correspondence - this will help us to answer your query more quickly.

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