Nearly half of nurses would sacrifice a pay rise to protect their jobs, our exclusive survey has revealed.
In total, 44 per cent said they would go without a pay rise to save their job. For nursing directors the figure was 67 per cent and for nurse consultants it was 53 per cent.
The group least likely to sacrifice pay were midwives, of whom only 27 per cent said they would be prepared to do so to protect their jobs.
The government has already announced it is freezing the pay for two years of all public sector workers earning above £21,000. For NHS staff that applies only to the annual increase for inflation, not their progress up Agenda for Change increments.
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Just 4 per cent or nurses said they would agree to take a pay cut. For directors, the figure was 13 per cent. One in seven said they would consider going part time if it kept them in employment and a significant minority - 18 per cent - said they would retrain.
Just 2.5 per cent said they would be prepared to see a cut in their pension package. That comes as the government has indicated it might cut NHS pensions in light of the tough financial climate.
Thirty-eight per cent said they were not prepared to sacrifice anything.
King’s College London national nursing research unit deputy director Jill Maben said the findings reflected significant concern over job security which could damage care if not managed well.
She said: “I think there’s every chance that how staff are feeling at work, how they’re cared for, how they’re managed, how they’re led, will affect staff members, teams and patients.”
More than three quarters said they had been asked to make trade-offs to protect jobs. One in 10 had been asked to work flexibly and 3 per cent had taken on a different job to avoid redundancy.
Protecting jobs valued more than pay increases