Posted by: westlancashirerecord | March 21, 2018

NHS Pay Rise

Not before time, more than a million NHS staff, including nurses, porters and paramedics, and including the wonderful Walton Centre staff , can expect pay increases of at least 6.5% over three years

The deal, expected to be formally agreed by unions and ministers later, could cost as much as £4bn. If approved, workers in England could see their pay increase almost immediately. The deal is tiered with the lowest paid getting the biggest annual rises.

The agreement covers all staff on the Agenda for Change contract, about 1.3m across the UK, which is the entire workforce with the exception of doctors, dentists and senior leaders.

There are nine different pay bands, ranging from £15,000 a year for porters, cleaners and kitchen staff to over £100,000 for heads of department. A nurse starts on band five, with a starting salary of £22,000. The highest paid frontline position is band eight, which can pay up to £80,000 a year.

It is believed that the deal guarantees an annual minimum rise of 6.5%, with many getting more depending on whether they are low paid compared to their peers. Inflation is forecast to be 2.4% in 2018, then 1.8% then 1.9%. So in real terms the increase over three years is expected to be small.

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