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Nurses pay increases by 4.2%

Qualified nurses are estimated to have an average basic pay of just over £27,000, an increase of 4.2% over the last year, according to government figures
After supplementing their income with overtime and including location-based bonuses, qualified nurses earn £31,500 per year on average, data from the NHS Information Centre shows.

The information was gathered between January and March 2008 using the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

However hospital consultants command average salaries of £111,800 and with average NHS earnings totalling £115,400. The figure does not include private work outside NHS hours.

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Readers' comments (12)

  • I am a band 5 and I do not get a basic pay of £27000 per year. No where near that.

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  • Yet again the government of this country are juggling with numbers to make nurses look well paid. Shame on them. They want to try doing this job for the pay we get and see how long they would put up with it.

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  • what !!!!!! I earn less than £ 20000 per yr basic band 5 ive been qualified 20 yrs very misleading im very disapointed in the misleading statement.The pay is insult enough without adding injury .
    (back to basic yr 1 increment due to being agency for a few yrs before returning to nhs ) reckognition for experience ?
    I do the job for the challanges not the pay fair enough, but others dont have that luxury.

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  • I have been qualified for four years now and with extra shifts I still only take home at best £24,000 a year. I wish I earnt £31,500 a year. Nurses work so hard and have so much to deal with that they shouldn't have to do extra to afford to live. No wonder so many staff are off sick!!

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  • This report is shocking. I have been qualified several years, work full time and still only take home a basic of 22,000. Where do they pluck these ridiculous figures from?

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  • i have been qualified 10 months, work full time (37.5 hrs) over 7 days a week mix of early and late shifts, i get less than £20,000 a yr .. who on earth the government were looking at when compiling these figures i dont know, but it wasnt nurses who take care of the sick and dying and deal with every type of bodily fluid imaginable, it was prob teachers who sit in a class room all day ... just to make a point, i made sure my daughter could read and write the alphabet when she started school, silly me thinking it would be picked up on, she had 4 gotten in 6 weeks in...and the work parents have to do at home now compared to when i was at school when it was actually the teachers job to teach?!

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  • What trhis doesn't say is that they have changed the way in which it is calculated. So to compare with the previous year is nonsense.
    If they are going to make claims like this then they should really do their homework and compare the real figure with the increase in cost of living.

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  • We know what this all means people. the way in which the figures are calculated have changed so there is no reasonable comparison that can be made and the salary of london nurses including weighting will have been used to increase the figures.

    there is only one answer to this unsatisfactory position Unison and RCN members come together, stop the florence nightingale romance and take industrial action. We don't have to comparamise the health and welbeing of patients. All we have to do is disrupt the health care system by working to rule.

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  • So, a basic nursing salary of £27K for a newly qulaified nurse? Well, I am not sure which governmental department is responsible for this calculation but no wonder the NHS is in such a finincial pickle. What planet do they think we are on. We are professional people knowing full well that no newly qulaified nurse earns anywhere near this amount of money. Isn't it great that as we celebrate the NHS at 60 that nurses are yet again kicked where it hurts.

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  • The report says Qualifid nurses NOT NEWLY Qualified Nurses.
    An average of ALL Nurses will include a very small number in Band 8 and a lot more in Band 5 but the average is going to be around Band 6. Most Nurses do not work in London but many do, an Average will imclude an account of that proportion.

    These figures have been being published every 3 months as the ESR system has rolled out capturing a bigger geographic area each time.

    The change since last year included the fact that a high proportion of staff got an increment in October as well as the pay award in November.

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