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NHS workers bid for record pay rise

The average increase of 7.5% is the highest offer in the UK.

NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) staff have been given the ‘best and final offer’ following pay negotiations with unions and employers.

The record high pay offer, the best in the UK, will see these frontline staff rise from £2,205 to £2,751, a further improvement on the existing offer for staff in bands 5-8A. For the lowest paid, this means an increase of 11.3% and an average of 7.5%.

This increased offer follows constructive negotiations between the Scottish Government and NHS unions. In the latest offer to unions, the new deal is worth an extra £515m in 2022-23 and now includes a package of progressive measures to promote staff and patient safety, support the long-term sustainability of the workforce and recognize the scale of the workforce. Skills and experience of NHS Scotland staff.

The deal will ensure NHS staff remain among the best paid in the UK. This gives all NHS Scotland AfC frontline staff in bands 1-7 a pay rise of £1,149-£2,834 compared to their counterparts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Agenda for Change pay offer for 2022-2023 offers the most progressive package of conditions reforms in 40 years. More than 160,000 staff will benefit from the deal, including nurses, paramedics, healthcare workers and healthcare support staff.

Health Minister Humza Yousaf said:

“We have engaged tirelessly with union representatives over the past few weeks, leaving no stone unturned to reach an offer that addresses the key concerns of staff across the service.

“This best and final pay offer of over half a billion pounds underlines our commitment to supporting our fantastic NHS staff. A newly qualified nurse’s salary would rise by 8.7%, and experienced nurses would see an increase of between £2,450 and £2,751.

“We are making this offer at a time when the Scottish Government is facing extraordinary financial challenges.

“We have made the best possible offer to get money into the pockets of hard-working employees and avoid industrial action in the incredibly difficult winter ahead. If the offer is accepted, this salary increase will also be retroactive to April.

“Finally, I urge the UK Government to come to the negotiating table with the unions. This solution has been shaped by the constructive approach of the unions and I hope that it will be supported by their members.

BACKGROUND

The new offer also includes a review to reduce the working week to 36 hours, a commitment to review job descriptions for Band 5 roles and ensure protected study time for specific groups, such as staff on agreed learning and development schemes.

TABLE

The band

points

Scotland 2022/23 prices

Planned increase

% it represents

Hourly rate

Band 1

1

21,692 pounds

2205 pounds

11.32%

11.09 pounds

Band 2

1

21,814 pounds

2205 pounds

11.24%

11.16 pounds

2

23,820 pounds

2205 pounds

10.20%

12.18 pounds

Band 3

1

23,914 pounds

2205 pounds

10.16%

12.23 pounds

2

25,808 pounds

2205 pounds

9.34%

£13.20

Band 4

1

25,914 pounds

2205 pounds

9.30%

£13.25

2

28,187 pounds

2205 pounds

8.49%

14.42 pounds

Band 5

1

28,384 pounds

2280 pounds

8.73%

14.52 pounds

2

30,329 pounds

2280 pounds

8.13%

£15.51

3

35,365 pounds

2450 pounds

7.44%

£18.09

Band 6

1

35,522 pounds

2450 pounds

7.41%

18.17 pounds

2

37,087 pounds

2450 pounds

7.07%

£18.97

3

43,286 pounds

2550 pounds

6.26%

£22.14

Band 7

1

43,422 pounds

2550 pounds

6.24%

£22.21

2

£45,080

2550 pounds

6.00%

23.06 pounds

3

50,506 pounds

2660 pounds

5.56%

£25.83

Band 8A

1

53,513 pounds

2548 pounds

5.00%

£27.37

2

57,767 pounds

2751 pounds

5.00%

£29.54

Band 8B

1

63,530 pounds

2205 pounds

3.60%

£32.49

2

68,223 lbs

2205 pounds

3.34%

£34.89

Band 8C

1

75,711 pounds

2205 pounds

3.00%

£38.72

2

81,426 pounds

2205 pounds

2.78%

£41.65

Band 8D

1

£90,590

2205 pounds

2.49%

£46.33

2

94,629 pounds

2205 pounds

2.39%

£48.40

Band 9

1

107,840 pounds

2205 pounds

2.09%

£55.15

2

112,673 lbs

2205 pounds

2.00%

£57.63