But the biggest union, Unison, immediately warned the settlement would not be enough to boost morale among disaffected staff.
Unison head of local government Malcolm Wing said: 'Although Unison branches voted by a majority of five to one to accept [the settlement], the low turnout - only 10% of our members - is a reflection of the lack of enthusiasm for the offer.
'It is not going to close the gap between local government pay and the rest of the public sector or the private sector. It won't raise morale, which our [recent] survey showed is pretty low.'
But Employers Organisation deputy executive director Rob Pinkham said: 'No-one could suggest we had 3% available in terms of local government finance.'
Previous national settlements
*(first year of single status)