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NHS nurses set to receive 6.5% pay rise

Tuesday 27th March 2018
NHS England nursing staff are in line to receive a pay rise of at least 6.5 per cent over the coming three years after a deal was reached with healthcare unions. Image: ajcabeza via iStock
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NHS nurses working in England could see their pay increase by at least 6.5 per cent over the next three years, it has been revealed.

After several years of measly one per cent pay rises for NHS staff, unions have finally agreed a deal with negotiators and government ministers that would see employees of the NHS in England receiving increased pay packets.

Some 1.3 million nurses, porters, paramedics and other healthcare workers could see their wages grow by a minimum of 6.5 per cent over the next few years, with the health service's lowest-paid staff set to see their pay increase by between nine per cent and 29 per cent.

Across the board, the lowest-paid individuals in each job role would receive the biggest pay rise, as the organisation strives to make pay fairer for staff in recognition of the often life-saving work that they carry out day-to-day.

NHS staff are now being asked to vote on this proposal, with the potential for extra pay to be backdated to April if a deal is reached by the summer.

The Royal College of Nursing is urging its members to vote in favour of the proposal, explaining: "Failure to accept it will put us back to square one and at risk of returning to the one per cent pay rises we've fought so hard to overturn."

The college highlighted that the deal would mean "a pay increase for everyone", as well as a "modernised pay system". It would also make it easier for staff to progress through pay bands in the future, meaning there would be potential for healthcare workers to take home even more money.

Sara Gorton, lead negotiator for the health unions, acknowledged: "It won't solve every problem in the NHS, but it will go a long way towards making dedicated health staff feel more valued, lift flagging morale and help turn the tide on staffing problems."

Written by James Puckle

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