NHS nurses in England will from this month see their salaries increased by 1%, as recommendations from the government’s annual review of pay become effective.
In March, the government’s independent NHS Pay Review Body said all staff on Agenda for Change contracts across the UK should see their wages uplifted by 1% from 1 April for 2017/18.
The recommendations, which were published late, were accepted by the governments in England, Wales and Scotland.
The move was in line with the government’s unpopular intention to cap annual pay rises for public sector workers at 1% until 2020.
Unions criticised the move, with the Royal College of Nursing going on to consult its members on whether to issue a ballot over strike action.
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Salary increases in England for 2017-18 will become effective from May, according to the NHS Employers organisation, which represents health service employers in England.
Nurses’ pay-packets for this month will also include the additional money that should have been provided in April.
The 1% uplift is applied to basic pay, and will also affect extra money given to staff working in London and expensive nearby regions – known as high cost area supplements.
The increase to basic pay means entry-level nurses employed outside of London at the starting point for band 5 will now be paid £22,128, compared with £21,909 last year. The maximum salary within this band will now be £28,746, instead of £28,462.
Meanwhile, nurses outside of London employed at the lowest point of band 6 will have an annual salary of £26,565, compared with £26,302 in 2016-17. The maximum they will be able to earn within this band will be £35,577, up from £35,225 last year.
Nurses outside the capital who are working at the first point of band 7 will see their wages increase to £31,696 this year, up from £31,383. The maximum salary within this band will be £41,787, compared with £41,373 in 2016-17.
- For full details of all the new bandings go to Nursing Times’ page on the new AfC payscales