The Request

received on 15 june 2016

I am writing from the Labour Research Department, an independent trade union based research organisation and information provider, who maintain a database of collective agreements for various unions.  We request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.
 
1)    Name of unions which are signatories to your main collective agreement covering pay and conditions;

2)    Number of employees covered by the agreement;

3)    Lists of grades and current pay rates. Please indicate any agreed equivalence between the grade names used within the list and the following civil service grades:

        1) Administrative Assistant (AA)
        2) Administrative Officer (AO)
        3) Executive Officer (EO)
        4) Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
        5) Senior Executive Officer (SEO)
        6) Grade 7
        7) Grade 6

4)    Copy of your latest pay settlement. If the latest pay settlement is based on the 1% maximum paybill increase set by the Treasury, please provide the following information on how the 1% has been applied:

        1) Have there been any changes to the pay scales?
        2) Are progression payments being paid?
        3) Are performance-related bonuses being paid?  If so, what are the arrangements for performance-related bonuses?
 
We look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Our Response

responded on 1 july 2016

Case Reference: FOI/2016/39

1 July 2016 

Dear

Thank you for your request for information dated 15 June 2016 concerning union and pay information. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

I can confirm, under section 1 (1) (a) of the FOIA, that the British Council does hold the information you have requested.

For your ease of reference, I have restated your questions below in bold and have provided our response beneath each question.

1)    Name of unions which are signatories to your main collective agreement covering pay and conditions;

Public and Commercial Services Union

2)    Number of employees covered by the agreement;

1472 employees at the end of May 2016

3)    Lists of grades and current pay rates. Please indicate any agreed equivalence between the grade names used within the list and the following civil service grades:

        1) Administrative Assistant (AA)
        2) Administrative Officer (AO)
        3) Executive Officer (EO)
        4) Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
        5) Senior Executive Officer (SEO)
        6) Grade 7
        7) Grade 6


Pay Band

Civil Service Grade

Min

Max

4

Administrative Assistant (AA)

Administrative Officer (AO)

£15,302

£18,029

6

Executive Officer (EO)

£19,178

£23,560

7

Higher Executive Officer (HEO)

£25,503

£32,142

8

Senior Executive Officer (SEO)

£32,133

£46,359

Senior managers and professionals

Grade 7 & Grade 6

£47,470

£80,000

4)    Copy of latest pay settlement. If the latest pay settlement is based on the 1% maximum paybill increase set by the Treasury, please provide the following information on how the 1% has been applied:

        1) Have there been any changes to the pay scales?

This year the maximum salary within the pay bands was increased by one per cent, and the minimum of each pay band was increased by one per cent

        2) Are progression payments being paid?

No

        3) Are performance-related bonuses being paid?  If so, what are the arrangements for performance-related bonuses?

 

 

 

Rating

Bonus

 

Rating

Bonus

 

Rating

Bonus

1

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

Pay band 4

£1,875

 

Pay band 4

£1,125

 

Pay band 4

£750

Pay band 6

£2,125

 

Pay band 6

£1,350

 

Pay band 6

£900

Pay band 7

£2,500

 

Pay band 7

£1,500

 

Pay band 7

£1000

Pay band 8

£2,975

 

Pay band 8

£1,725

 

Pay band 8

£1,150

SMP (9a)

8% of Salary

 

SMP (9a)

6% of Salary

 

SMP (9a)

4% of Salary

SMP (9b)

8% of Salary

 

SMP (9b)

6% of Salary

 

SMP (9b)

4% of Salary

 

 SMP bonuses are both pro-rated for part time employees and employees with less than a full year of service.

SMP = senior managers and professionals.

I hope the information provided has been useful.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:

Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures)

Information Governance and Risk Management
British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester
M1 6BB
Email: IGDisclosures@britishcouncil.org

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113 

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely