During the summer, the NJNC issued 3 circulars to the college sector. These NJNC Circulars are binding on those colleges that have signed the NRPA, and other colleges have committed to implementing them too.
This Circular is for unpromoted lecturers only and sets out the way in which colleges are to migrate their previous pay-scales to the new unpromoted lecturers national pay scale, and then how harmonisation payments are calculated for unpromoted lecturers to achieve harmonisation by April 2019.
The EIS understands that all NRPA colleges paid the first instalment of harmonisation in July 2017, with non-NRPA colleges planning to do so in August 2017.
This Circular is for promoted lecturers only and sets out the way in which colleges through their LJNCs are to migrate their previous pay-scales to the new promoted lecturers national pay scale, and then how harmonisation payments are calculated for promoted lecturers to achieve harmonisation by April 2019.
Part of the harmonisation process for promoted lecturers involves matching current promoted lecturers posts into the new national structure of promoted lecturer posts. The new national promoted lecturers structure has three levels, each with a specified salary.
The EIS will be providing training for Branch Representatives for the harmonisation of unpromoted lecturers on 25 August 2017, thus helping this process to take place in colleges through September 2017 with the first harmonisation payment in October 2017.
This Circular is for new start lecturers only (i.e. those who were appointed on or after 1 August 2017) and sets out the salary scales to be used for new start lecturers who will then effectively be treated as unpromoted lecturers to achieve harmonisation on the national pay scales by April 2019.
It should be noted that how colleges use the harmonisation pay scales for new starts is up to the college since placement rules remain a college matter (and not the NJNC).
This circular refers to – Pay Harmonisation and Job Matching for Existing Promoted Lecturing Posts – National Referral Mechanism.