ARA Pay Review Group review salaries

The ARA Pay Review Group (PRG) has completed its annual review of salaryrecommendations and is pleased to announce an increase of 1.74% in theUK and 0.3% in Ireland.

ARA Pay Review GroupThe ARA Pay Review Group (PRG) has completed its annual review of salary recommendations and is pleased to announce an increase of 1.74% in the UK and 0.3% in Ireland, in line with the Consumer Price Index for the financial year 2019/2020.

While the PRG recognises that many employers are still not in a position to meet existing salary recommendations – a situation that is obviously going to be exacerbated by the unprecedented economic circumstances in which we are now operating – the group feels the increase is justified for the following reasons:

  • The salary increase is retrospective, i.e. it is based on the cost of living increase for the financial year running from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020.
  • The percentage increase is modest and notably less than last year’s (which was 2.27% in the UK and 1.3% in Ireland)
  • If the salary recommendations are frozen at current levels, and the 2020/2021 CPI decreases (not impossible during a recession) then the levels would remain static or possibly reduce over two consecutive years.
  • We are being consistent in our decision to follow the CPI figures. If there is a decrease or very marginal increase in the CPI for 2020/2021, then August 2021 is the time to either freeze or adjust the recommendations downwards in line with the CPI.

Pearl Quinn, Chair of the ARA Pay Review Group, comments: “The group continues to welcome contact from members on all pay-related issues. Several colleagues have been in touch regarding some very challenging employment circumstances, including reductions in service, staffing levels and pay. We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to contact us regarding their individual situation and the many expressions of support we have received for the PRG’s work. We try to offer appropriate guidance where possible and even in situations where our efforts do not result in an immediate improvement in pay, the information we glean from contacts with colleagues helps us to plan and target future efforts at improving renumeration in the archives and recordkeeping sector.”


Click here for full details of the PRG’s revised salary recommendations.