Single status is BIG.....
Also known as Job Evaluation in some other LAs.
It is based upon an agreement reached 10 years ago between employers, unions & HM Govt which was intended to reduce the risk of litigation arising from discrimination between male & female employees. The employers have had 10 years to fix this and have a deadline of April 2007.
Job Evaluation is supposed to 'level out' differences in pay & conditions between 'similar' skill sets across the LA. So where you have some people (eg people on nursery nurse scales) being paid full time to work term time, and others (eg admin & support) who are paid pro-rata for working term time this is supposed to be sorted. Unfortunately, what seems to be happening is LAs who have to pay extra to staff unfairly treated are not receiving any extra funding from HM Govt, so they are trying to balance the books by "robbing Peter to pay Paul"
It is estimated that 35-40% of employers have completed the exercise so far. It has caused some serious grief in some areas of the country. If you want more details, take a look the single status section of
You may also hear of salary protection being offered to employees facing a pay cut; I know of one LA where letters are being send out to staff saying the LA is withdrawing protection prematurely.
It's a bit of a mess.