Local government services

The pay and terms of conditions of employment for over 1.4 million local government services' workers is determined by the National Joint Council (NJC) for Local Government Services.


COVID-19 advice

Some advice in the NJC circulars below may now be outdated. We believe that issuing supplementary circulars would create further confusion as they could also in time become outdated. Therefore, please regularly click the links contained in the circulars, and visit LGA Coronavirus: information for councils webpage to ensure you are aware of the most up to date advice.

The NJC for Local Government Services has 70 members: 12 on the employers' side and 58 on the trade union side.

In 1997, the NJC for Local Government Services agreed a national framework with potential for local modification to suit local service requirements. Known as The Single Status Agreement, these pay and conditions of service agreements are published in the Green Book.

We help councils develop a framework for their roles and responsibilities as employers. This covers the relationships between council employers and their employees, including individual rights and collective arrangements.

23 November 2021

NJC circular - the Queen’s 2022 Jubilee and Term-Time Only employees.

19 October 2021

The National Employers have reaffirmed the 2021 pay offer as full and final

27 July 2021

The National Employers have made a final pay offer to the JNC unions.

16 July 2021

The NJC has issued guidance about working arrangements from 19 July onwards

28 June 2021

Part 4.12 of the 'Green Book' has been updated.

14 May 2021

The NJC has issued advice about working and pay arrangements over Christmas and New Year

14 April 2021

The NJC has issued a further general update on various COVID related issues

15 February 2021

Councils were consulted during March about the 2021 pay claim for ‘Green Book’ staff. The Employers will not be responding to the claim before the 6 May local elections and cannot give a more specific indication of a timetable beyond that date.


21 December 2020

The NJC has issued guidance for CEV people shielding in Tier 4 areas.

13 November 2020

The NJC has issued initial advice on holiday entitlement during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.


12 November 2020

The NJC has issued guidance regarding the national restrictions in England. 


24 August 2020

The NJC has agreed the pay deal for 2020. The circular below sets out the details.

Local Government Services Pay Agreement 2020-21, 24 August 2020

12 August 2020

The National Employers have issued guidance related to COVID-19:


12 June 2020

The NJC has issued further guidance on COVID-related workforce issues. 


5 June 2020

The NJC has issued guidance on the COVID-19 quarantine regulations 


15 May 2020

The NJC has issued a second general update on issues related to COVID-19 


3 April 2020

The NJC has issued further guidance on COVID-19


27 March 2020

The NJC has issued a further update on COVID-19 


23 March 2020


17 March 2020

The NJC has issued a further circular, this time containing advice relating to COVID-19 and working at home:


6 March 2020

The NJC has issued a circular with updated guidance on Coronavirus COVID-19:


25 February 2020

The NJC has issued a circular that provides an update on the ongoing review of term time working.

12 February 2020

The NJC has issued a circular that provides important advice about Coronavirus COVID-19:


13 March 2019

National Agreement ‘Green Book’

The ‘Green Book' has been updated and we have issued two versions below; one showing all track changes, the other not.


Chief executive and chief officer pay survey research report  - Winter 2018

The survey was the first of its kind for a number of years and was conducted during winter 2018 and was sent to all heads of human resources (or equivalent position) in English and Welsh councils with the aim of helping council employers to benchmark the characteristics and pay of their senior teams as well as establish a base-line for national policy discussions and future research.