Union secures 7% increase for clergy in first-ever pay claim


The Unite trade union has welcomed a 7% pay increase in the salaries of clergy working for the Church of England after submitting a pay claim for the first time in history. This was a 2% improvement on the offer originally proposed by church leaders. Unite said the increase was a step towards tackling the financial hardship faced by many in the profession. The national minimum salary will now increase to £28,670 (€33,600) from 1 April 2024 and the national benchmark be increased to £30,638 (€35900). The figures are then used by the church’s dioceses to set individual salaries for their clergy.

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