Northern Ireland Pay and Reward Ballot

Today Unite in AXA commences balloting its members in Northern Ireland in respect of the company proposals on pay and reward for staff in Belfast, Derry and the Northern Ireland branches, negotiated after a series of meetings this year.

As members in Northern Ireland appreciate there were many concerns about pay and reward especially market competitiveness that needed addressing. We have discussed these at length with the company and the end result is a proposal we believe addresses almost all of these issues resulting in substantial pay rises for the vast majority of staff.

Unfortunately a small number of benefits and current practices have had to be changed due to regulatory requirements or employment law, however we feel AXA has been reasonable in the alternatives proposed to address these necessary changes.

Overall the company proposal addresses almost all of the concerns that members have raised with us over the last few years and will see the vast majority of staff receiving substantial improvements in their current levels of pay and reward. 

Additionally the introduction of a new grading system (part of a global process driven by AXA Head Office Paris and being rolled out across the group) will now enable staff in Derry to enjoy the benefits of career development previously unavailable to them.

The ballot commences today and will run until noon on Tuesday 29th May.

If you have any questions please speak to your local Unite in AXA rep.

Pay 2018 – joint AXA/Unite statement

This statement confirms the overall pay budget (how much AXA has available to spend on salaries) and framework (how AXA will spend that money) for 2018. These details are negotiated between AXA and Unite and apply to employees in all roles at Levels 6-9 in AXA Insurance and Corporate Centre.

Overall budget

This year’s talks have concluded with an offer of an increase in the total pay budget of 3% for employees in Levels 3-9. Any pay increases will take effect from 1 April 2018.

Levels 6-9 Pay Framework

Pay awards will be made to employees in these roles based on your performance rating and where your salary is positioned in the pay range.

  Position in salary range

(vs. midpoint)

  95% & below 95% – 105% 105% & above



Outstanding 4.75% 3.75% 2.75%
Excellent 4.25% 3.25% 2.25%
Successful 4.00% 3.00% 2.00%
Partially Successful 2.00% 1.50% 1.00%
Unsuccessful 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%

Levels 3-5 Pay Approach

Senior managers will have full discretion to set pay awards within the overall budget for employees in Level 3-5 roles. Your performance and current salary against the pay ranges will be part of the decision making.

Other adjustments

AXA UK’s minimum salary will be increased to £15,925 but other pay ranges are unchanged, although AXA UK’s approach to pay ranges and pay families is currently under review.

There are some local pay arrangements, like the AXA Insurance Claims Development Framework, which are managed outside of this process.

There is more information on the pay review process on the My Reward pages on ONE.

Next steps

Unite will ballot its members on this offer, with the ballot taking place between 7 February and 20 February 2018.

Please speak to your line manager or Unite representative if you have any questions.

Amanda Blanc 

Group Chief Executive

AXA UK & Ireland

Dominic Hook 

National Officer