NHS staff in Scotland handed a pay rise of ‘at least’ 4%

Each trade union will now present the offer to their members.

Matt Bodell
24 March 2021
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The pay settlement will be backdated to December to recognise the efforts of staff during the pandemic.

NHS staff working in Scotland have been offered pay rise of “at least” 4%, the Scottish Government has confirmed.


The pay rise would ensure that staff on the pay bands 1 to 7 would receive at least a 4% pay rise compared to 2020/21, with the staff who earned less than £25,000 in 2020/21 getting a guaranteed minimum increase of over £1,000 in 2021/22.

This means that staff on the lowest Agenda for Change pay point would get a 5.4% increase.

Those on the highest pay points will receive uplifts of £800.

The settlement will be backdated to 1 December 2020 and is in addition to the £500 thank you payment for health and social care workers.


Today’s announcement comes after Westminster said that a 1% pay rise was all it could afford for healthcare workers in England.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said; “Following positive discussions with NHS unions and employees the Scottish Government has put forward an offer of the biggest single pay uplift since devolution for NHS Agenda for Change staff.

“This has been an exceptionally challenging year for our health service and I am pleased that the Scottish Government is able to recognise the service and dedication of our healthcare staff.”

Each trade union will now agree their process for presenting this offer to members.


Colin Poolman, Chair of STAC and Royal College of Nursing Scotland Senior Officer said: “The timescale for negotiations was tight as a result of the forthcoming election but we have now received an offer for a one-year pay deal.”

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