Band 3

This section explains in detail what would happen to band 3 during the transition.

This is not intended to show existing individual staff what their basic salary will be each year. For this, please use the pay calculator to see how the combination of annual award, increments and reform will affect you.

For staff in band 3 currently at the top of the pay band

This would mean:

  • 3% in 2018/19
  • 1.7% in 2019/20 plus a lump sum worth 1.1% paid in April 2019
  • 1.7% in 2020/21

This would amount to a total increase on basic pay of 6.5% over three years plus the extra 1.1% lump sum in year two – a payment of £228.

For staff in band 3 who are below top of band

This would mean:

  • improving starting salaries in each pay band by removing overlaps between bands. This would start in year one and be finished in year two. Staff who are due to move up to a point that will be deleted would automatically go the point above.
  •  deleting points in the mid-range of each band in years two and three of the deal. Again, staff who are due to move up to a point that will be deleted would automatically go to the point above.

The combination of these changes would mean different pay increases for different staff as we help more people reach the rate for the job more quickly – ranging from 9% to 25% over the three years.

Progression in new system

All existing band 3 staff would be at the full rate of pay in the band by year 3.

For new starters incremental progression will work quite differently.

As part of the agreement to shorten pay bands so staff get to the top quicker, staff in band 3 will stay on the entry point for two years. This means that instead of a small annual increment, increases will be larger – over £1,405- but there will be a longer interval between them.

However, in the current system it takes staff in band 3 six years to reach the top rate and in the new system it will only take two years – a reduction of four years.

Current system: 6 years

New system: 2 years

A new progression framework will be developed ready for use from 1 April 2019 onwards.

To get the clearest idea of what these changes will mean for you use the pay calculator to see how the combination of annual award, increments and reform will affect you.

The total change to salaries would be made up of a mixture of pay award, reform, and pay progression. This means staff on different pay points will see different size changes to earnings. This table shows the difference between existing arrangements (1 per cent annually plus incremental progression) and the pay offer. 

Band and
AfC pay point 2017/18
Difference between
Current System and
Proposed Deal
Band 3 pay point 6 +11.93%
Band 3 pay point 7 +8.92%
Band 3 pay point 8 +5.73%
Band 3 pay point 9 +3.37%
Band 3 pay point 10 +3.37%
Band 3 pay point 11 +3.37%
Band 3 pay point 12 +3.37%

More detail on the difference between existing arrangements and the pay proposals’ ‎can be found on this technical annex

Other changes

Unsocial hours calculations in band 3

Unsocial hours payments would be calculated in a different way for bands 1-3 to protect the current value and improve it as basic pay increases over the three years.

These changes have the effect of preserving the cash value of unsocial hours while the pay restructuring takes place, but would stop any leapfrogging effects where staff in lower bands end up earning more than those in the next band up for the same unsocial hours shift. Once the changes to pay bands have been completed, the system would reset with the new adjusted percentages for the future.

Under the current system the unsocial hours element of pay in band 1 is Time plus 37% on Saturdays/nights, and Time plus 74% on Sundays. On 2017/18 rates these are worth £3.76 per and £7.51 per hour. The table below shows how this, plus increases to basic pay, would contribute to increased unsocial hours earnings over the three years.


   17/18  18/19  19/20  20/21
 Top of band 3  £19,852  £20,448  £20,795  £21,142
 Plain time £10.15  £10.46  £10.64  £10.81
 All time on Saturday (midnight to midnight) and any week day after 8 pm and before 6 am (£10.15+£3.76=)
£13.91
(£10.46+£3.76=)
£14.22
(£10.64+£3.76=)
£14.40
£10.81+£3.76=)
£14.57
 All time on Sundays and Public Holidays (midnight to midnight (£10.15+£7.51=)
£17.66
(£10.46+£7.51=)
£17.97
(£10.64+£7.51=)
£18.15
(£10.81+£7.51=)
£18.32
   2018/19  2019/20  20/21  2021 onwards

All time on Saturday (midnight to midnight) and any week day after 8 pm and before 6 am 
 Time + 36%    Time + 35%  Time + 35%   Time + 35%

All time on Sundays and Public Holidays (midnight to midnight)
Time + 72%  Time + 70%   Time + 69%    Time + 69% 

Use the pay calculator to see pay progression