Staff pay review statement

Press release
Breaking news
Published : 05 Mar 2018 Last update : 06 Mar 2018

We have responded to enquiries about our recent Pay Review announcements:

Tina Lewis, Director of People and Legal Services at the National Trust, said: “It’s important that we recognise the hard work of our staff and reward high performance. Following discussions with the Prospect union, this year we will invest an extra 4.5% in our total pay budget.

“The pay award is covered in full through efficiency savings and income from commercial and retail activities. Our new membership prices, which rose by an average of 50p a month, are entirely unrelated to the pay increase. In fact, we will be spending almost twice as much on conservation and visitor experience projects than we will receive in additional membership income.

“The overall pay award is made of three different components. The average increase through our performance-related pay scheme is 2.5% - less than the rate of inflation. The other components are made up of statutory increases, such as the national living wage, and structural pay increases, in which we increase the minimum pay levels in line with the public sector and not-for-profit sectors to ensure we can attract, recruit and retain great employees.

“More of our pay award than ever before will be invested in our lower paid staff. To ensure we retain, recruit and reward great employees, we need to pay our people a competitive salary which reflects the current market rates.”


Key points:

  • We expect to receive an additional £12m in income as a result of increasing our membership prices. However, we will be spending an extra £22m on conservation and visitor experience projects this year – almost double the amount generated from the price rise. 
  • The Trust is funding its biggest ever programme of conservation repairs, maintenance and improvements – and will spend a record £136m this year.
  • The small increase in monthly membership fees – 50p a month on average - will help the charity address the increasing cost of looking after its historic homes, coastline and countryside, which rose by 15 per cent last year.