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Frequently asked question


Why have conditions been harmonised under the Framework Agreement?

A key principle of the Framework Agreement is to ensure that staff receive equal pay for work of equal value.  As the total reward package an individual receives is made up of their basic salary plus the conditions they are subject to, the University has had to ensure that staff on the same grade have comparable terms and conditions, and has thus harmonised the main conditions of employment across grades.  

What conditions have been harmonised?

Hours of work, annual leave, overtime, probation, notice periods and superannuation.  The University is currently working with the trades unions in order to finalise the harmonisation of sick-leave entitlement .  

When was harmonisation implemented?

Hours of work were harmonised with effect from 1 August 2005, with the majority of other conditions being harmonised with effect from 1 August 2006.

Is everyone now on the same conditions?

No.  The principle of harmonisation is to ensure that staff on the same grade are on comparable conditions.  Staff on different grades may, therefore, have different terms applied to them.

Where can I find out more?

Full details of harmonisation can be found within the Framework Agreement, a hard copy of which can be obtained by emailing or telephone 1670.  


Human Resources

Grading, Reward and Conditions
The Old Burgh School

Abbey Walk
St Andrews
KY16 9LB
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 461650