Scotland concludes NHS pay talks after majority agree 4% pay deal

Only the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and GMB rejected the pay proposals. 

Matt Bodell
14 May 2021
Scotland flags waving in the wind against a blue sky. 3D Rendering

The majority of health unions agreed to a single-year rise of 4%.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that NHS pay talks have officially concluded after the majority of health unions agreed to a single-year rise of 4% for most workers.

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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.

It comes on top of a £500 “thank-you payment” for health and care workers in recognition of their efforts during the pandemic.

The increase covers 16 months, having been backdated to 1 December 2020 in recognition of an exceptional year of significant pressure for staff.

Following a consultation with their members, Unison, Unite, RCM, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the College of Podiatrists, and the Society of Radiographers signed the deal.

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Only the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and GMB rejected the pay proposals.

Considerably better off.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am delighted that unions representing a majority of NHS staff have voted to accept our offer of a pay rise of 4% on average.

“We all rely on the hard work and dedication of NHS Scotland, and never more so than during this pandemic. This pay rise, the biggest pay uplift for NHS staff since devolution recognises the unwavering commitment of NHS Scotland staff.

“If the Department of Health sticks with the offer it has proposed, staff in Scotland will be considerably better off in 2021-22 than their counterparts in England.

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

“On behalf of us all, thank you for all you have done and for all you continue to do.”

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