UNISON has expressed disappointment at the pay offer put forward by the Association of Colleges.
The union believes the offer of a one per cent increase or £250, whichever is greater, will plunge college staff further into poverty.
UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “This offer is hugely disappointing. It will do little to lift workers out of debt and poverty, particularly as colleges are under no obligation to implement it.
“Many college employees have had to take on second jobs or borrow money from family or friends as they struggle to pay their bills.
“Colleges know good salaries are vital to attract and retain staff. But if the government continues to underfund further education, workers will seek employment elsewhere.”
As part of the pay offer, the Association of Colleges has agreed to campaign with the further education unions to improve funding.