Your Pay: Payscales, Increments & Role Reviews

The University recognises effort and commitment by offering a rewarding package of pay and benefits.  In this section you can find out more about:

Your Pay

Pay increases

Job Evaluation

Elsewhere on our website you can find information about:





At the University of Sunderland we have seven grades (A to G) on a negotiated Pay Scale .  Some staff, such as senior managers, professors and casual workers, have salaries that are determined outside the negotiated pay scale.

The value of the points on our pay scale rises annually by collective agreement, and the past value of each salary point is shown on our pay scale.  This is sometimes known as the 'cost of living' increase; see below for details of annual pay growth in the sector.

Opportunity Now and the Times both praise the University for its work on equal pay and opportunities for women. Our locally-negotiated grading structure is clear and transparent and includes analytical job evaluation of all roles on the pay spine to ensure pay equality. Information is also available on the National Framework Agreement which created the current University of Sunderland pay spine.

Employees and workers of subsidiaries such as University of Sunderland in London have different pay and benefits; please contact your HR representative for more details.

What is my salary?

Your salary is specified in your contract of employment (normally an offer letter and a statement of particulars, or a letter varying your contract).

Your gross annual salary (before deductions) is the one shown on the Pay Scale .  If you are part-time (and/or have a contract that specifies fewer than 52 weeks per year) you will get a proportion of this salary (a pro-rata salary) each year.

If your role involves variable hours you'll be expected to complete and submit a timesheet each month in order to be paid the following month - you'll be told if this is the case.  For all other staff, you are paid a regular monthly salary for each month that you work, in equal instalments.

Your payslip is issued monthly.  For all staff in the UK (except Fee & Expenses claimants who submit ad hoc claims) payslips are electronic through Employee Self-Service where they can be viewed, saved or printed.  You can also choose via Employee Self-Service to have a payslip (in password-protected pdf format) emailed to a personal email account.

To access Employee Self Service please use the instructions here.

Your payslip shows your gross pay for the current month.  It also shows all your deductions, and your net (take home) pay for the month. Your take home pay is lower than your gross pay because deductions are made, for example:

If you have any queries about your monthly pay, contact payroll.

Pay increases


HE Pay Growth


Salary Progression (Annual Increments)

In general, your starting pay will be the minimum of the relevant grade.  (Guidance for managers is available). 

For staff on Grades A to G, we offer automatic annual increments every year on 1st August (as long as you have been continuously in post for at least 6 months) until you reach the top of your grade.  Our pay scale enhances the standard national pay scale for the HE Sector, featuring bigger salary increases between increments (progression to the next salary point within the grade), and fewer annual steps to reach the top salary for your grade.

For senior staff and professors we operate a performance and development review scheme.

Academic staff on Grade E (Lecturer) can also progress through the bar to Grade F (Senior Lecturer) subject to certain conditions.

The University has a route for the pay grade of your role to be formally reviewed. This is called the Role Review and Grading process.

Pay Negotations (Annual Cost of Living Award)

The values on our pay spine are reviewed annually.  Currently we participate in national pay bargaining with trade unions, through the employer's association UCEA, and this process determines the increase that is applied to all our salary points each year.  Staff who are not on our negotiated pay spine receive locally-determined increases.

Infographics about pay in the Higher Education sector compared to other sectors and inflation are available from the employer's association UCEA.

This pay award is in addition to the annual incremental progression that many of our staff are eligible to receive (see above).

2018 Pay Award

For information about the lastest round of pay negotations see here.

This page was published on 28 August 2018