Council staff get 1% pay rise

Dumfries and Galloway Council is to implement the pay increase for its staff that has been agreed nationally through the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Council staff will receive a one percent increase in their December salary. This is a two-year deal in which a further one percent will apply in April next year. This excludes chief officers, craft and teaching staff who negotiate separately.

Councillor Ronnie Nicholson, council Leader, said: “The agreement links the payments to the national living wage. Those whose salary does not reach the hourly rate determined by the Living Wage Foundation will receive a further increase to make sure their salary reaches that level. The two-year deal is linked to this living wage.”

An estimated 1300 staff received the Living Wage following the application of the £7.50 rate. On November 4 the Living Wage Foundation announced that the recommended level for the Living Wage in the UK (outside London) from April 1, 2014, would rise to £7.65 per hour. D&G Council will apply this increase.