NHS pay rise – What is going on?

As NHS pay is a devolved issue this page will break down the latest NHS pay rise news by each individual country.

England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

NHS pay in England is subject to recommendations by the independent NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB).

Earlier this year the NHSPRB recommended a rise of 3% for all NHS workers on Agenda for Change. The Government subsequently said it had accepted the recommendations of the review body in full.

Health unions will now consult their members on the pay award.

You can view the latest Agenda for Change pay scale for England.

Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Scotland has recently announced and agreed on a pay rise of “at least” 4% for the vast majority of NHS workers.

Under the deal, those on pay bands of 1 to 4 would receive a flat uplift of £1,009, band 5 to 7 would receive a 4% pay increase, bands 8a to 8c would receive 2% pay increase, and bands 8d and 9 would receive a flat uplift of £800.

This is on top of a £500 one-off payment to health and social care workers for their work during the pandemic.

We have updated our Agenda for Change pay scale for Scotland.

Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Wales is awaiting a determination from the NHSPRB before announcing a pay award.

Earlier this year the NHSPRB recommended a rise of 3% for all NHS workers on Agenda for Change. The Government subsequently said it had accepted the recommendations of the review body in full.

Health unions will now consult their members on the pay award.

Health and care staff in Wales were recently awarded a £735 bonus for their work during the pandemic. 

You can view the latest Agenda for Change pay scale for Wales.

Northern Ireland 🏳

Northern Ireland is awaiting a determination from the NHSPRB before announcing a pay award after strike action led to an agreement on pay parity with England. 

Earlier this year the NHSPRB recommended a rise of 3% for all NHS workers on Agenda for Change. The NI Government is yet to clarify its position.

Health unions will now consult their members on the pay award.

Health and care staff in Northern Ireland were recently awarded a £500 bonus for their work during the pandemic. 

You can view the latest Agenda for Change pay scale for NI.