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Managers' pay 'accelerates away' from nurses


The salaries of senior NHS managers have “accelerated away” from those paid to staff, with the average hospital nursing director now earning nearly £100,000, according to latest figures.

While female nurses are paid 64.7 per cent and male nurses 62.2 per cent more than in 2007, foundation trust chief executives’ pay has risen by 115.2 per cent.

The Incomes Data Services pay report 2010, which contains the figures, says they demonstrate how trust director earnings “continue to run ahead of the rest of the workforce”.

But nursing directors are still relatively low paid compared to many of their boardroom colleagues.

For example, those at acute and specialist trusts earn an average annual £97,500 in 2008-09, compared with chief executives’ £158,450, finance directors’ £117,500 and the £180,000 paid to medical directors, who are the highest earners.

However, most nursing directors earned more than directors in charge of human resources, operations, performance and informatics, service development and strategy.

Hospital nursing directors in the east midlands had the highest salaries of any region, getting an average of £106,300. Those in the south west were the lowest paid, on £89,880.

Mental health trust nursing directors were paid slightly less than those at acutes, earning an average of £92,500, while those at primary care trusts got £85,000.

According to the report, only one nursing director received a bonus, which was worth £13,000, while dozens of others received benefits worth just over £3,000 on top of basic pay.

UNISON senior national officer Mike Jackson said: “Running a hospital is a tough and very responsible job, and without competitive pay rates, hospitals will not be able to attract the right calibre of staff.

“But it is not right for senior staff to get above inflation pay hikes, while the rest of the workforce get a below inflation pay deal.”


Readers' comments (4)

  • Wow - I wish I could take home one of their months salaries - just once - must be nice!
    Are these the salaries and pensions that the media and others talk about when they slag off our gold plated pensions - and if so - why do I feel that if the conservatives review NHS pensions - as they say they will - it will not be these guys who loose out - it will be your average Joe at ward level who looses out.

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  • I always said that I never wanted to go down the management route, I wanted to Nurse and that is it, maybe I would specialise in an area but I always wanted to treat patients.

    Now I just think sod it, why the hell should I bother!

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  • Why is it that the "bean counters" and bureaucrats in the NHS are always valued more highly than the clinical frontline staff? And don't tell me it's for their ability to make decisions!! I don't think I've ever met an NHS manager yet who didn't need at least 3 score meetings and 10 before they could decide when the next meeting is; or when questioned are always "looking into it" or "seriously looking at it".
    Now if they were valued for their abilities to obfuscate, vacillate, dither, disregard, demoralize, prevaricate, waste vast amounts of money and be generally... (oh, what is the word I'm looking for?) Ah! I know.....INEFFECTUAL!!! Then I'd understand!!
    As per the last comment above I too have remained clinical, by choice, throughout my nursing career - well more fool me! I could have made a Trust or PCT virtually bankrupt, "retired" and been rewarded with a platinum "handshake" years ago if I'd gone into management - and been better thought of!!!!
    Cynical? Scornful? Derisive? Bitter? Me? After 35 years in the NHS?
    Too bloody right I am!!!

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  • Hear hear Anonymous | 23-Apr-2010 0:03 am

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