More than a million NHS workers to receive 6.5% pay rise

Desiree Burns
June 10, 2018

Having announced the vote, RCN chief executive and general secretary Janet Davies said: 'We will turn our campaigning fire on getting this pay rise extended to nursing staff in other parts of the NHS and social care too.

"Health workers will want to know that ministers are committed to decent wage rises across the NHS for the long term, and that this isn't just a quick fix".

NHS staff will get the additional money in July 2018 pay packets, backdated from April 2018.

The agreement, which follows months of negotiation, will be covered by an extra £4.2billion of government funding.

The RCN vote on the current deal was open to all members in England with an NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) contract and the result informed a meeting of RCN members elected to its trade union committee, which took the final decision.

The offer is separately funded and so will not be financed from existing NHS budgets, avoiding extra strain on patient services.

Unions said it meant a significant boost for the lowest-paid staff.

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The CSP had recommended accepting the offer, which includes an overall increase of at least 6.5 per cent rise by April 2020 for everyone (below band 8D), higher starting salaries, the introduction of the National Living Wage and faster progress to the top of their bandsfor the substantial majority of staff.

Josie Irwin, of the Royal College of Nursing, said it was "much needed" and "should make the profession more attractive".

"By standing together, the NHS unions were able to reject all unpalatable demands to cut annual leave or unsocial hours payments and get the best possible deal from a Government still committed to austerity".

"The Government would be mistaken if it thought today's deal was the end, rather than the beginning, of that journey".

At the moment it only applies to health workers in England, but is expected to be mirrored in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"Rarely has a pay rise been so well deserved for NHS staff who have never worked harder", he said.

"I hope this will also go some way to helping us recruit and retain more brilliant staff in our NHS". Employees who are now paid below the top of their existing pay band will be entitled to receive pay increases of between 9-29% over the three-year period.

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