The NHS Pay Review Body (PRB), the independent body that makes a recommendation for the pay rise due to most non-medical staff, finally submitted its report to government after weeks of delays.
It is custom for the pay rise to be announced in the House of Commons in response to a parliamentary question, within a few weeks of the report being submitted.
Parliament is currently in recess until 21 April, making an announcement likely towards the end of the month.
A separate pay review body for doctors and dentists has already submitted its recommendations, although the government has not yet announced the report's findings.
The government is not bound legally to follow the recommendations of the PRB. Last year the then chancellor Gordon Brown decided to stage the 2.5% recommended by the PRB, sparking threats of industrial action from nurses.