GMB Pay Ballot for Surrey County Council 2022/23

Since Surrey County Council sits outside the remit of the National Joint Council (NJC) for Local Government Services, GMB need to ballot our members about a pay deal specific to Surrey County Council workers each year.

We therefore need you to tell us whether you wish to accept the pay deal that has been tabled by management. If a majority of members do not accept the deal, we would look at pursuing an industrial action ballot, to ascertain whether members would be prepared to take action to try to win an improved offer.

Please note that the deadline for returned ballots is Tuesday 21st June 2022, so make sure you complete the form before then!

Surrey County Council has made the following formal offer for pay award 2022/2023, effective from 1st April 2022:

  • For staff graded PS1/2: An increase of £1,400 per annum equivalent to 7.75% uplift on basic pay
  • For staff graded PS3 – PS7 inclusive: An increase of £1,300 per annum on all pay points
  • For staff graded PS8 – PS14 inclusive: An increase of £900 per annum on all pay points
  • For staff graded PS15 and above: No increase

These rates are in respect of full-time salaries. Part-time employees would receive a pro rata increase based upon their Full Time Equivalent.

If you choose to vote ‘REJECT’ then this would give a clear indication that you wish to go forward into dispute with Surrey County Council which could include industrial action should the outcome of the ballot be sufficient.

You can read the full offer document from the council here.

A joint statement from Surrey County Council and the two recognised unions is up to read here.

Please note that if you work in an Academy, most will follow SCC's guidance, although others will now set their own pay and this ballot will only be advisory for them. Local discussions will take place with many academies following this ballot, and we will keep in touch with you if you work in affected schools. We would also like to remind you that some schools moved their pay award date to September and that this rise will not come into force until then if that is the case.

Please take the time to respond to the questions below.  You only need to complete the form once, so if you have already been directed here from a text message or email, and get directed here from a second communication, you only get one vote and any subsequent vote will not be counted, no matter how many times you vote.

We want you to be able to contact us about this, but are aware that members need to keep their ballots private.  If you wish to contact us about this ballot, if you are interested in becoming a local contact in your workplace to facilitate the pay ballot, would like more information about becoming a workplace rep, or think your details have changed from what we hold on file for you (address, contact details, workplace location or job title), visit our separate page at and fill in your details!