National Trust members accept 2020 pay offer

National Trust members accept pay offer for 2020

Members in the National Trust have accepted their pay offer for 2020.

  • 12 Feb 2020
  • Pay

The offer increases the overall pay pot by 3.5%, applied in the following ways:

  • 1.6% to core pay structures as a market adjustment increase to ensure grades reflect the market rate for the job
  • 1.9% to the PDR pay matrix to reward individual staff performance.

The market adjustment increases (ie the change to the rate for the job based on benchmarking external wages) are between 0-4%, depending on grade.

Band minima and maxima will be increased by the market adjustment increases to maintain the relative length of each band.

Performance increases by PDR rating and salary position in the pay band (ie below or above the new target point) range from 0% for poor performers to 3% for exceptional performers.

Non-consolidated (one-off payments) to staff whose pay level is above their pay scale maximum will apply again this year.

Staff joining the Trust on or after 1 October 2019 who are paid below the new pay band target point will receive any relevant market adjustment percentage increase.


The Trust reviewed allowances against external benchmark data and is proposing to change the working from home allowance, the dog allowance and the heating and lighting contribution charge for relevant staff.

The Trust has also agreed:

  • a 75% subsidy to the health cash plan from 1 January 2020
  • to continue to promote the rental deposit loan and other financial support
  • to continue to promote career development opportunities – leadership development programmes, secondments, sabbaticals etc.
  • investment in staff benefits and training and development

The branch committee reps believe they had been able to achieve the best deal possible within the confines of the strict budget available from the Trust. 

Their priority was to increase the core pay structure to bring all grades as close to the market rate for the job as possible and ensure that individuals with a ‘good’ rating on their PDR would receive a percentage increase no less than CPI inflation, 1.8%.

The ballot closed at mid-day on 28 February

The offer will be implemented from 1 April 2020 and increases will be made in the April pay run.