Office for Nuclear Regulation

2021/22 Pay award relating to performance in the 2020/21 reporting year

Date released
9 November 2021
Request number

202110028

Release of information under
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

Information requested

Regarding the ONR 2021/22 pay award with effect from 1 April 2021 relating to performance in the 2020/21 year.

  1. Please state the effective date (day and month) of your organisation’s 2021/22 pay review.
  2. If the 2021/22 pay review has yet to be finalised please state the month in which you anticipate it will be concluded.
  3. Please state the employee group/s covered by the 2021/22 pay review.
  4. Please state the total number of employees covered by the 2021/22 pay review.
  5. Please provide a copy of your 2021/22 pay agreement (if applicable) or generic pay circular sent to employees (that is one that does not identify any individual employee) outlining the outcome of the latest pay review if there are no collective negotiations.
  6. Please state the % consolidated basic pay rise received by the lowest-paid adult (aged 18 and over) employee as a result of the 2021/22 pay review* excluding the effect of any incremental progression, merit pay or bonuses. *When calculating this figure please bear in mind that, if applicable, employees covered by the 2021/22 Civil Service Pay Remit Guidance who are paid less than the full-time equivalent (FTE) salary of £24,000 receive the greater of a FTE £250 consolidated basic pay rise or an increase taking them up to the National Living Wage of £8.91 an hour.
  7. If an employee’s annual pay award is determined solely according to an assessment of their individual performance (commonly known as a merit increase) as opposed to an across-the-board pay rises (where all employees generally receive the same increase irrespective of their individual performance) please state the percentage of the paybill allocated to fund these awards, the range of increases and whether or not the awards are consolidated.
  8. If any employees were eligible for individual performance-related payments or bonuses over and above the general pay rise please state the range of increases (either as a percentage of their base salary or a cash amount as applicable), whether or not they were consolidated into basic pay and please state the overall % of the paybill allocated to fund these awards.
  9. Please state the overall paybill increase as a result of the latest pay review expressed as a percentage of the paybill.
  10. Please state the name of the union/unions party to your main collective agreement covering pay and conditions if there are collective negotiations.
  11. Please provide the name and contact details of the person/s responsible for overseeing your organisation’s annual pay review.

Information released

We confirm that under Section 1 of the FOIA, we hold the information relevant to your request. Please see below for an answer to each of your questions in turn.

Question 1

Please state the effective date (day and month) of your organisation’s 2021/22 pay review.

Answer 1

The pay award for the 2020/21 reporting year was implemented with effect from 1 April 2021.

Question 2

If the 2021/22 pay review has yet to be finalised please state the month in which you anticipate it will be concluded.

Answer 2

N/A.

Question 3

Please state the employee group/s covered by the 2021/22 pay review.

Answer 3

All eligible ONR staff at Bands 1 to 6 were covered by this pay award. This includes all employees with more than 3 months’ service prior to the implementation date of 1 April 2021 i.e., joined ONR on or before 1 January 2021, and was applicable to those who met their objectives for the 2020/21 performance year.

Question 4

Please state the total number of employees covered by the 2021/22 pay review.

Answer 4

There were 625 employees eligible for the 2021/22 pay award.

Question 5

Please provide a copy of your 2021/22 pay agreement (if applicable) or generic pay circular sent to employees (that is one that does not identify any individual employee) outlining the outcome of the latest pay review if there are no collective negotiations.

Answer 5

We do have collective bargaining arrangements with our joint Trade Unions.

Question 6

Please state the % consolidated basic pay rise received by the lowest-paid adult (aged 18 and over) employee as a result of the 2021/22 pay review* excluding the effect of any incremental progression, merit pay or bonuses.

* When calculating this figure please bear in mind that, if applicable, employees covered by the 2021/22 Civil Service Pay Remit Guidance who are paid less than the full-time equivalent (FTE) salary of £24,000 receive the greater of a FTE £250 consolidated basic pay rise or an increase taking them up to the National Living Wage of £8.91 an hour.

Answer 6

The pay award afforded a 1% consolidated increase to all staff, but for those whereby the 1% resulted in an annual increase of less than £300, a £300 guaranteed underpin was applied – for the lowest paid employees, this £300 resulted in a 1.47% increase.

Question 7

If an employee’s annual pay award is determined solely according to an assessment of their individual performance (commonly known as a merit increase) as opposed to an across-the-board pay rises (where all employees generally receive the same increase irrespective of their individual performance) please state the percentage of the paybill allocated to fund these awards, the range of increases and whether or not the awards are consolidated.

Answer 7

Question 8

If any employees were eligible for individual performance-related payments or bonuses over and above the general pay rise please state the range of increases (either as a percentage of their base salary or a cash amount as applicable), whether or not they were consolidated into basic pay and please state the overall % of the paybill allocated to fund these awards.

Answer 8

Question 9

Please state the overall paybill increase as a result of the latest pay review expressed as a percentage of the paybill.

Answer 9

1% increase of the paybill.

Question 10

Please state the name of the union/unions party to your main collective agreement covering pay and conditions if there are collective negotiations.

Answer 10

Prospect and PCS.

Question 11

Please provide the name and contact details of the person/s responsible for overseeing your organisation’s annual pay review.

Answer 11

David Caton – ONR HR Director, contact email: David.caton@onr.gov.uk

Exemptions applied

N/A

PIT (Public Interest Test) if applicable

N/A