Agenda for Change 22/23 Pay Scales (Scotland)

Our Agenda for Change NHS Pay Calculator shows the Agenda for Change NHS Pay Scales and Bands for Scotland in the 2022/23 financial year.

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NHS Agenda for Change Pay Scales in Scotland

This section will break down the individual NHS Agenda for Change pay bands by pay point (formally known as spine or progression points).

Band 1 - No longer used.

£19,487

Examples of roles at band 1 – domestic support worker, housekeeping assistant, driver and nursery assistant.

Band 2 - Nursing assistants, domestic support staff etc.

< 2 years’ experience – £19,609

2+ years – £21,615

Examples of roles at band 2 – domestic support worker, housekeeping assistant, driver, nursery assistant, domestic team leader, security officer, secretary/typist and healthcare assistant.

Band 3 - Trainee nurse associates, clinical support workers etc.

<2 years’ experience – £21,709

2+ years – £23,603

Examples of roles at band 3 – emergency care assistant, clinical coding officer, estates officer and occupational therapy worker.

Band 4 - Registered nursing associates, dental nurses etc

< 3 years’ experience £23,709

3+ years £25,982

Examples of roles at band 4 – assistant practitioner, audio visual technician, pharmacy technician, dental nurse and theatre support worker.

Band 5 - Staff nurse, newly qualified AHPs etc.

<2 years’ experience £26,104

2-4 years £28,049

4+ years £32,915

Examples of roles at band 5 (includes many newly qualified clinical professionals) – operating department practitioner (ODP), podiatrist, learning disability nurse, therapeutic radiographer, practice manager and ICT test analyst

Band 6 - Senior staff nurses, specialist nurse etc.

<2 years’ experience – £33,072

2-5 years – £34,637

5+ years – £40,736

Examples of roles at band 6 – school nurse, experienced paramedic, health records manager, clinical psychology trainee and biomedical scientist.

Band 7 - Ward sister, junior matron, specialist AHP etc.

<2 years’ experience – £40,872

2-5 years – £42,530

5+ years – £47,846

Examples of roles at band 7 – communications manager, estates manager, high intensity therapist and advanced speech and language therapist.

Band 8a - Speciality matron, general manager etc

< 5 years’ experience – £50,470

5+ years – £54,482

Examples of roles at band 8a – consultant prosthetist/orthotist, dental laboratory manager, project and programme management, modern matron (nursing) and nurse consultant (mental health nursing).

Band 8b - Senior matron, service manager, lead nurse etc.

< 5 years’ experience – £60,730

5+ years £65,377

Examples of roles at band 8b – strategic management, head of education and training, clinical physiology service manager and head orthoptist.

Band 8c - Head of departments, consultant paramedic etc

<5 years’ experience – £72,792

5+ years – £78,452

Examples of roles at band 8c – head of human resources, consultant clinical scientist (molecular genetics/cytogenetics) and consultant paramedic.

Band 8d - Nurse consultant, consultant psychologist etc

<5 years’ experience £86,611

5+ years £90,532 

Examples of roles at band 8d include consultant psychologist (8c-8d), estates manager, chief nurse and chief finance manager.

Band 9 - Chief nurse, deputy chief nurse etc.

<5 years’ experience £103,358

5+ years £108,050

Examples of roles at band 9 include podiatric consultant (surgery), chief finance manager and director of estates and facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

We will try to answer some of your frequently asked questions about the Agenda for Change pay scales.

What are NHS staff next getting a pay rise? You can see our article NHS Pay Rise – What’s going on? for more information on the status of any current NHS pay round.

What happened to yearly pay progression? Following the implementation of the 2018 NHS pay deal, pay progression for those under Agenda for Change terms has changed from the historic yearly incrementation, previously known as spine points, to a system based on years of experience at that band.

Why is there no overlap between Agenda for Change bands? The 2018 NHS pay deal removed the overlap between bands to prevent someone with a lower level of responsibility from being paid more than someone with a higher level of responsibility.

What annual leave do I get? You can use our NHS Annual Leave Calculator to work out your entitlement. 


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