Pay rates in local government

This page is only a guide to NJC pay rates (as from April 2018*), which are local government pay rates that are also extensively used in the voluntary and community sector. 

They result from negotiations between trade unions and Local Government Employers and apply in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. NJC rates are based on local government working hours of 37.5 per week. 

If you work in a public health role and are an employee of a local government, voluntary or community sector organisation, these pay rates may apply to you. It is important to note that the following is a guide only to NJC pay rates from April 2018. You should always check with the employer to confirm the pay rate for any post for which you are applying.

The rates indicated below are for illustrative purposes only, since the number of points in each scale is determined locally.

Please note that official NJC points stop at point 49 and the following is for guidance only based on typical locally determined pay points; however any NJC agreed increase is applied to local pay points.

There are many entirely local terms and conditions, including car allowances.

The roles mentioned against particular rates are examples only because salaries depend on local evaluation scores based on the precise duties.

*A new pay spine will be introduced from April 2019.

Scale 1

Point 6           £16,394
Point 7           £16,495
Point 8           £16,626
Point 9           £16,755
Point 10         £16,863
Point 11         £17,007

Scale 2

Point 11         £17,007
Point 12         £17,173
Point 13         £17,391

Scale 3

Point 14         £17,681
Point 15         £17,972
Point 16         £18,319
Point 17         £18,672

Example roles: health trainer

Scale 4

Point 18         £18,870
Point 19         £19,446
Point 20         £19,819
Point 21         £20,541

Example roles: health trainer

Scale 5

Point 22         £21,074
Point 23         £21,693
Point 24         £22,401
Point 25         £23,111

Example roles: substance misuse worker

Scale 6

Point 26         £23,866
Point 27         £24,657
Point 28         £25,463

Example roles: substance misuse worker; environmental health practitioner or officer; health improvement practitioner

Scale SO1

Point 29         £26,470
Point 30         £27,358
Point 31         £28,221

Example roles: environmental health practitioner or officer; health improvement practitioner; school nurse; teenage pregnancy coordinator; public health nutritionist

Scale SO2

Point 32         £29,055
Point 33         £29,909
Point 34         £30,756

Example roles: environmental health practitioner or officer; health protection practitioner; school nurse; teenage pregnancy coordinator; public health nutritionist

Scale PO1

Point 33         £29,909
Point 34         £30,756
Point 35         £31,401
Point 36         £32,233

Example roles: environmental health practitioner or officer; health protection practitioner; school nurse; public health nutritionist; public health analyst

Scale PO2

Point 35         £31,401
Point 36         £32,233
Point 37         £33,136
Point 38         £34,106

Example roles: environmental health practitioner or officer; health protection practitioner; school nurse; public health analyst; public health nurse

Scale PO3

Point 38         £34,106
Point 39         £35,229
Point 40         £36,153
Point 41         £37,107

Example roles: senior environmental health officer

Scale PO4

Point 41         £37,107
Point 42         £38,052
Point 43         £39,002
Point 44         £39,961

Scale PO5

Point 44         £39,961
Point 45         £40,858
Point 46         £41,846
Point 47         £42,806

Example roles: food and safety team leader; health protection specialist

Scale PO6

Point 46         £41,846
Point 47         £42,806
Point 48         £43,757
Point 49         £44,697

Please note: Official NJC points stop at point 49 and the following is for guidance only based on typical locally determined pay points; however any NJC agreed increase is applied to local pay points.

Scale PO7

Point 49         £44,697
Point 50         £45,652
Point 51         £46,608
Point 52         £47,578

Scale PO8

Point 52         £47,578
Point 53         £48,550
Point 54         £49,575

Example roles: public health principal; public health lead commissioner; health improvement principal

Scale PO9

Point 54         £49,575
Point 55         £50,617
Point 56         £51,648
Point 57         £52,674

Scale PO10

Point 57         £52,674
Point 58         £53,701
Point 59         £54,725
Point 60         £55,743

Scale PO11

Point 60         £55,743
Point 61         £56,768
Point 62         £57,806
Point 63         £58,844

Scale PO12

Point 62         £57,806
Point 63         £58,844
Point 64         £59,859
Point 65         £60,892

 

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