Salary and Compensation

Changes to the Minimum Wage

On June 1st 2018, BC’s minimum wage increased from $11.35 per hour to $12.65 per hour. We would like to remind you of this change and to emphasize that it may be a relevant consideration for Postdoctoral Fellow appointments. Administrators should check their Postdoctoral Fellow appointments to ensure that they are in compliance with the new minimum wage.

Annual 1% Lump Sum Payments for Regular Faculty Members

The 1% lump sum payment payable under Article 6 of Part 2 of the Agreement  has been processed on the June 30th paycheque. This payment is for regular members of the bargaining unit and is based on the annualized salary as of June 30th.  The payment will appear on the members paycheques under the code FAC LS.  Administrators will see this in their ledgers under the code LFC. The 1% lump sum for eligible Sessional Lecturers will be processed in September.

Salary Increases for Bargaining Unit Members

Salary increases effective July 1, 2018 for Continuing Members of the bargaining unit have been processed and will appear on the July 15th paycheque.  Increase components are comprised of a 1.5% General Wage increase, o.5% Mutual Beneficial Gains increase, Career Progress Increment, Merit and Performance Salary Adjustment.  Faculty Salary Increase Notices detailing the increase components and updated salary  will be mailed to faculty members in the week of July 9th.

Salary Increases for Research Associates

Research Associates at UBC will receive a 0.5% General Wage increase on July 1, 2018. This is as in accordance with the mandate of the Provincial Government through the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC). As a result of this increase the minimum salary for Research Associates increases to $55,756 effective July 1, 2018. All newly appointed Research Associates must meet this new minimum.

A reminder that compensation for Research Associates may only change as per mandated increases or if the initial offer letter contained language that specifically allowed for a salary increase upon reappointment. A reminder that the Research Associate offer letter templates is found on the Faculty Relations website and contains suggested language.

Salary Increases for Research Associates

Research Associates at UBC will receive a 0.4% Economic Stability Dividend increase on May 1, 2018 and 0.5% General Wage Increase (GWI) effective July 1, 2018. This is as in accordance with the mandate of the Provincial Government through the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC). As a result of this increase the minimum salary for Research Associates increases to $55,756 effective July 1, 2018.

A reminder that compensation for Research Associates may only change as per mandated increases or if the initial offer letter contained language that specifically allowed for a salary increase upon reappointment. A reminder that the Research Associate offer letter templates is found on the Faculty Relations website and contains suggested language.

Salary Increases for Bargaining Unit Members

Salary increases for all bargaining unit members effective July 1, 2018 will be processed in the month of June.

Career Progress, Merit & PSA values: The calculation of the July 1, 2018 values is complete. The Career Progress and Merit Unit Value is $2,167.

New Minimum for Lecturers: As of July 1, 2018 the salary minimum for full-time Lecturers will be $63,600.

Sessional Lecturer Salary Scales:  The sessional salary scales increase by 1.5% as of July 1, 2018. The scales are already updated on the Faculty Relations website and will be applied to ISIS in the month of June.

Salary Increases for Bargaining Unit members

Once the tentative agreement has been ratified we will move forward with the increases. In the meantime we are making preparations to process the increases in successive order. It is anticipated that the 2016 Progress Through the Ranks and General Wage Increases will be processed in the fall of 2017. The 2017 and 2018 increases will follow thereafter. At this time we are unable to provide specific dates, but we will be working as quickly as we can to process all increases. As soon as a schedule has been established Faculty Relations will communicate this information.

Reappointments: Keep in mind that as we move forward with the increases HRMS will be frozen for periods of time. As such administrators should ensure that they have processed reappointment paperwork as early as possible for any term positions that have an end-date within the next 6 months. Keep in mind that the 2018 increases will be processed in time for the 2018 July 15th paycheque therefore reappointments for appointments ending June 30, 2018 must be processed as early as possible in 2018 and not later than 2018 March 31st.

Merit & PSA for 2016 & 2017: By now eligible faculty members should have provided their annual reports and the merit & PSA process within each department should have commenced. Departments should not wait until their receive notice of their merit & PSA amounts to make rankings.

Career Progress, Merit & PSA values: The calculation of the July 1, 2016 value is underway and the values will be provided to each Dean’s Office as early as possible. The calculation of the July 1, 2017 value cannot commence until after the July 1, 2016 increases have been completed, however the 2017 Career Progress and Length of Service CP has been loaded to HRMS. An email has already been sent to Dean’s Office administrators informing them of the steps to take to check the accuracy of the data.

July 1, 2017 – Research Associate Compensation

Research Associates at UBC will receive a 0.5% General Wage Increase (GWI) effective July 1, 2017. This is as in accordance with the mandate of the Provincial Government through the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC). As a result of this increase the minimum salary for Research Associates increases to $55,258 effective July 1, 2017.

A reminder that compensation for Research Associates may only change as per mandated increases or if the initial offer letter contained language that specifically allowed for a salary increase upon reappointment. A reminder that the Research Associate offer letter templates is found on the Faculty Relations website and contains suggested language.

As we mentioned in our March newsletter the University was reviewing the tuition waiver benefit for Research Associates. After the consultation process, which included conducting a survey of Research Associates it was decided that the University would not move forward with the Tuition Waiver Benefit at this time.

Fellowship Earnings – no longer attracting taxes

UBC has made a change recently to fellowship (FEL) earnings and is no longer withholding income tax for Postdoctoral Fellows who are in receipt of FEL earnings. The change also applies to students in receipt of fellowship earnings. This change came into effect May 31, 2017. Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies communicated this in early June to all those affected.

This change was prompted by a review of current UBC practice and the resulting conclusion that this change is necessary to bring UBC into compliance with Canada Revenue Agency tax policy.

Should Postdoctoral Fellows or administrators have further questions please visit: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/scholarships-awards-funding/research-teaching-assistantships for details.

Research Associates – Compensation

Research Associates at UBC are eligible to receive the 0.35% Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) increase that was announced by the BC government on November 29th, 2016. The ESD, which is effective May 1, 2017, is as a result of a higher than predicted economic growth in BC. As a result of this increase the minimum salary for Research Associates as of May 1, 2017 is $54,441.

A reminder that compensation for Research Associates is covered under the mandate of the Provincial Government through the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC), and as such salaries may only change as per the PSEC mandate and the approval of the Board of Governors. Salaries may also increase if the initial offer letter contained language that specifically allowed for a salary increase upon reappointment.  The Research Associate offer letter templates found on the Faculty Relations website contain suggested language.

The University has received requests from Research Associates for a tuition waiver benefit. We have already started a consultation process and are seeking input from Research Associates via an online survey. A link to the survey was provided to all active Research Associates on March 1st.  Any Research Associate who did not receive an email regarding a tuition waiver benefit should contact the Faculty Relations Admin email.