Pay negotiations

As an employee, you can submit proposals for pay negotiation once a year. The next time is between 1 - 23 February 2023. Pay negotiations will then take place from March to June between your manager and either your union representative or yourself if you have the option to negotiate on your own behalf. You will receive an answer once the negotiation has been completed at the individual units.

As an employee, your salary is automatically adjusted in accordance with the collective agreements. In addition, every year it is possible to be considered for a local pay increase within AU’s pay negotiation budget.

How do you become eligible for a pay increase?

Please complete the pay negotiation form if you wish to have a pay increase negotiated for you. It will be available for a limited period from 1-23 February 2023. The process takes place locally, and you will find the relevant local pay negotiation form, time frames, salary agreement catalogues and pay criteria on the local pay negotiation pages below.

What is up for negotiation?

Pay negotiation budget

Prior to the annual pay negotiations, the senior management team – following discussion in the Main Liaison Committee (HSU) – decides on an overall pay negotiation budget. The budget for the 2023 pay negotiations has been fixed at max 0.5% of the previous year's payroll costs. The dean and the university director may decide to give departments/schools (Arts)/­centres/­administration centres and administrative divisions pay negotiation budgets which are lower than 0,5%.

Two types of supplements can be negotiated

  • Supplement for qualifications: The supplement relates to the qualifications of the individual employee, e.g. education, experience, results, collaborative skills, innovativeness, readiness to change and commitment.
  • One-off bonuses: One-off bonuses are granted for an exceptional and important contribution in a specific period.

Is it possible to negotiate anything other than these supplements?

For certain groups of employees, a change of the base salary/new pay grade can be negotiated. This is set out in the trade union agreement or collective agreement applying to these groups.

You cannot negotiate extra holidays, additional pension or funding for supplementary education.

Who will be negotiating my salary?

Your union representative/executive pay negotiator will negotiate on your behalf. Some employees have the option of negotiating on their own behalf, i.e. special and senior consultants, professors, journalists and those holding managerial positions. Managerial positions include administrative officers, laboratory technicians and IT staff covered by the trade union agreement with HK, who are in separate positions, where the content of the position and the salary level correspond to salary grades 35 and 36. This is governed by the collective agreements.