Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
The independent NHS pay review organizations’ findings are now fully accepted by the government. With the lowest incomes receiving up to 9.3 percent, almost one million NHS employees, including nurses, paramedics, and midwives, will receive pay increases totaling at least 1,400. A 4.5 percent wage increase will be given to qualified dentists and physicians. Pay raise balances the need to protect taxpayers, control public spending, and prevent inflation while acknowledging the work of NHS employees. The independent NHS pay review groups’ findings were fully adopted by the government today.
The government, the NHS, and trade unions provided a variety of evidence that the pay review bodies took into consideration.
All NHS employees covered by this year’s pay review will see an increase in compensation. A pay increase of at least 1,400 will be granted to over one million employees covered by the Agenda for Change contract this year, with pay increases going back to April 2022 for nurses, paramedics, and midwives in particular. In spite of a larger public sector pay freeze, they already received a 3 percent salary increase last year.
As a result, those with the lowest incomes, such porters and cleaners, will experience a rise in their basic pay of 9.3 percent this year compared to last year. By March 2022, the average basic wage for nurses will be around 37,000, up from about 35,600. The basic pay for newly trained nurses will rise by 5.5 percent to 27,055, from 25,655 last year.
As a result of the government fully implementing the recommendations of the independent NHS Pay Review Body ( NHSPRB) and the DDRB, dentists and doctors working within the Doctors and Dentists Remuneration Body ( DDRB) jurisdiction will get a 4.5 percent pay increase this year.
These raises are the greatest for the public sector as a whole in almost 20 years, highlighting both the important contributions public sector employees provide to the nation and the difficulties that households are under from rising costs of living.
While the government temporarily halted pay increases for wider public sector employees with salaries exceeding $24,000 last year, NHS employees earned a salary increase of 3%. The non-medical workforce, which includes nurses and paramedics, has thus seen an average cumulative pay increase of over 18% over the past five years, whereas consultants have seen an average cumulative pay increase of over 15%.
Following this most recent pay raise, the average nurse’s income rose from 32,385 in 2018 to 2019 to 37,000 in 2022 to 2023.
Along with the wage increase, some employees will continue to receive performance bonuses, overtime compensation, pay progression, and pay raises following promotions.
Steve Barclay, secretary of health and social services, said:
Because of how much this government values and appreciates the hard work and contributions of NHS employees, we will give more than a million of them a pay increase of 1,400 this year, on top of the 3 percent they received in 2016, when pay increases were temporarily halted in the larger public sector.
I am happy to accept the recommendations made by the independent pay review committees in their entirety.
We favor treating employees fairly. It is encouraging that the pay review committees concur that appropriate and balanced increases today would be preferable to extremely large inflation-driven settlements in the long run.
This year’s pay awards strike a careful balance between recognizing the critical role of public sector personnel, giving value to taxpayers, preventing further increases in the national debt, and taking care to prevent future price increases. Long-term pay effects would be worse than proportionate and balanced raises now if inflation continued to rise due to exceptionally high inflation-driven settlements.
The pay review body’s recommendations for this year did not apply to those who were already covered by multi-year contracts. The government and BMA reached an agreement on a multiyear wage plan for junior doctors in 2018. This promised an 8.2 percent wage increase over four years, and it is already in its final year. Along with an additional 90 million dollars in investment, it increased compensation for junior doctors with the most experience, increased allowances for those who worked weekends the most frequently, and raised pay for shifts ending between midnight and four in the morning.
Over 4,000 more doctors and 9,600 more nurses are employed in the NHS today compared to last year as a result of ongoing investments in recruitment and retention of the health and social care workforce. We have also commissioned a 15-year workforce plan to further demonstrate our dedication to finding, developing, and keeping the best employees.
The number of subsidized medical school spots has increased by 1,500, and the pipeline for local doctors is being greatly enlarged (25 percent ). These students will start enrolling in foundation training in waves starting this year. Five additional medical schools have been established in England thanks to this expansion.
A training stipend of at least $5,000 annually will also be provided to all qualified nursing, midwifery, and allied health professional students, with an additional $3,000 available for childcare and those pursuing particular specialties.
Every nurse, midwife, and allied health professional working in NHS hospitals, community care, and general practice has access to a personal training budget of more than 1,000 over three years to support their individual learning and development needs as part of a 210 million investment in professional development.
Those who are most in need of assistance with daily expenses are the focus of the government’s efforts. It is important to consider the wage awards alongside the 37 billion support package that has been given. The majority of public sector overall pay awards are comparable to private sector awards. The measure most equivalent to these pay review panel judgments, the median private sector pay settlement, was 4% in the three months leading up to May.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The NHS Pay Review Body recommended a 1,400 consolidated increase to full-time equivalent salaries, enhanced for the top of bands 6 and 7, so it is equal to a 4% increase (covering all non-medical staff such as nurses, allied health professionals, admin, porters, and so forth). A 4.5 percent rise was suggested by the Review Body for Doctors and Dentists Remuneration (covering physicians and dentists not engaged in multi-year contracts). The Senior Salaries Review Body recommended a 3 percent increase, with an additional 0.5 percent to mitigate the erosion of differentials and facilitate the introduction of the new very senior managers framework. This body covered executive senior managers in DHSC’s arms-length bodies and very senior managers in the NHS. Despite the fact that the funding for these staff groups comes from municipal budgets, we have fully embraced this recommendation. The 9.3% increase in basic pay for the lowest workers compares to the pay scales for 2021 to 2022 and takes into account an interim top-up that was granted in April. The government is dedicated to operating within its means and providing value to the taxpayers, thus we are reprioritizing within the confines of current departmental funding while minimizing the impact on frontline services.