You should recommend a starting salary in light of the requirements of the role and the experience and professional contribution of the individual; you should discuss and agree the starting salary with your departmental administrator, or equivalent (see 'selection and recruitment', 6). All researchers should be paid on the relevant University scales (see online guidance), unless a different pay scale is applied by the funder or fellowship scheme. A new external appointment will normally join on the lower salary range of the grade.

As is the case for other staff, researchers are entitled to annual salary increments, within the salary range for their grade, subject to available funding. You should participate in the research staff contribution increment ('merit pay') exercise, when prompted by your department, subject to available funding and any approval that is required by the funding body.

When a member of research staff is employed on a subsequent research contract, the job title and salary must be clearly stated. Note that the salary will be the same, if the new role is on the same grade as the previous one. If the new role is on a higher grade, a higher salary will be set, in line with University policy.