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Our role in college national pay bargaining

The Scottish Funding Council supports the Scottish Government’s commitment to create a modern, flexible and innovative college sector. An important element in this is a harmonised and national approach to pay and terms and conditions for college staff.


Although the Scottish Funding Council is not a party to national pay bargaining negotiations, it does have an interest as the primary funder of colleges in Scotland and is supporting the process by providing the following support:

  • Ensuring that well-informed negotiations are able to take place based on validated data and robust evidence.
  • Authenticating data used in negotiations and, where appropriate, giving a view on affordability for the college sector.
  • Acting as final arbiter on the determination of costs.