The National Framework Agreement for the Modernisation of Pay Structures (commonly known as the “National Framework Agreement” or “NFA”) was introduced in 2004. It dramatically changed the pay structure for staff in higher education institutions. A common 51-point pay spine combined with standardised job evaluation means that institutions now have more flexibility in offering varied pay packages. However, spine point 1 has since been removed. Staff can receive market supplements and contribution-related pay, and working hours and conditions have been harmonised throughout the sector.

This topic provides an overview of the NFA, illustrated by the experiences of the University of Leeds as it implemented the new system including minor updates.

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