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HR pay information

Date released
11 December 2019
Request number
201911043
Release of information under
Freedom of Information Act 2000

Information requested

  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:

    i. Administrative Assistant (AA)
    Administrative Officer (AO)
    ii. Executive Officer (EO)
    iii. Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
    iv. Senior Executive Officer (SEO)
    v. Grade 7
    vi. Grade 6

  4. Please send a copy of your latest pay agreement and provide the following information on how any pay increase has been applied:
    i. Has there been a cost of living pay increase for all staff? If so, what is the
    increase?
    ii. Have there been any changes to the pay scales? What are the changes?
    iii. Are progression payments being paid?
    iv. Are performance-related bonuses being paid? If so, what are the arrangements for performance-related bonuses?

Information released

Question 1

Name of unions which are signatories to your main collective agreement covering pay and conditions.

ONR’s response

PCS and Prospect.

Question 2

Number of employees covered by the agreement.

ONR’s response

All ONR members of staff between Band 1 to Band 6 are covered by the main collective agreement with Trade Unions. The current ONR headcount of Bands 1 to 6 as of 30 November 2019, and therefore covered by this agreement, is 646. ONR does not hold information in relation to trade union membership. Membership numbers are maintained by the respective unions. Under GDPR there is no legitimate reason or purpose for ONR to hold this information.

Question 3

List 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:

i. Administrative Assistant (AA)ii. Administrative Officer (AO)
iii. Executive Officer (EO)
iv. Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
v. Senior Executive Officer (SEO)
vi. Grade 7
vii. Grade 6

ONR’s response

Please see Appendix A in the attached document detailing ONR’s current pay grades and pay scales. We have reflected the ONR equivalence to Civil Service grades below.

Civil Service Grade ONR’s equivalent grade

Administrative Assistant (AA) No equivalent in ONR
Administrative Officer (AO) Band 6
Executive Officer (EO) Band 5
Higher Executive Officer (HEO) Band 4
Senior Executive Officer (SEO) Band 3
Grade 7 Band 2
Grade 6 Band 1

Question 4

Please send a copy of your latest pay agreement and provide the following information
on how any pay increase has been applied.

ONR’s response

Please see the attached copy of the most recent pay award with effect from 1 April 2019.

Question 4i

Has there been a cost of living pay increase for all staff? If so, what is the increase?

ONR’s response:

A consolidated pay increases of 1.5% was awarded to all eligible staff who have met or exceeded their objectives; an underpinning £500 increase (pro rata for part-time staff) was committed to for all staff where the 1.5% increased resulted in an increase of less than this amount. This figure was considered in line with ONR’s budget, HM Treasury Managing Public Money Guidance and current public sector pay policy and constraints. Please note the 2019 pay award is yet to be formally concluded. However ONR management took the decision to implement this from 1 September 2019.

Question 4ii

Have there been any changes to the pay scales? What are the changes?

ONR’s response

Yes there have been changes to the pay scales. The pay range minima and maxima increased in line with the 1.5% noted above except for at Band 6, Band 5 and Band 4 standard and associate ranges where they were increased in line with the greater of 1.5% or underpinning £500 as appropriate. The pay scales are contained within the attached pay offer document.

Question 4iii

Are progression payments being paid?

ONR’s response

Progression payments are not automatically paid as part of the ONR’s annual pay award which is performance related. However, ONR does operate a separate progression payment approach, “Competency Pay Progression”. This enables individuals below their band maximum to apply on an annual basis for a stepped progression within their existing pay grade upon demonstrating relevant and appropriate evidence and competence within ONR’s competency framework. This is voluntary and subject to management approval based on agreed evidence of competence and effective performance. Progressions are restricted to the maximum of the relevant pay range.

Question 4iv

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

ONR’s response

Yes - non consolidated, non-pensionable performance award payments are made based on staff’s performance. 0.5% of ONR’s pay bill is set aside for this each year, and the amount awarded is proportionate to the grade that the individual occupies. The rates awarded are contained within the pay offer attached. These are awarded to staff that have “Exceeded” their performance and behavioural objectives for the performance year and are reviewed and moderated by management.

Exemptions applied

N/A

PIT (Public Interest Test) if applicable

N/A