After positive discussions over recent weeks with NHS Trade Unions and Employers, the SNP Government has offered a 4% pay rise to NHS Agenda for Change Scotland staff.
If accepted, this deal will be most generous NHS pay increase anywhere in the UK - the Tories are offering only a meagre 1% in England - and represents the biggest single year increase in pay for NHS staff since devolution.
Across Ayrshire 10,141 nurses, paramedics, allied health professionals, porters, healthcare and domestic support staff, porters and other front line health workers will benefit. A porter at the top of pay band 2, a healthcare assistant at the top of pay band 3, a nurse at the top of pay band 5, and a paramedic at the top of pay band 6 will all be around £2,000 better off than their counterparts in England in 2021/22.
Staff on pay bands 1 to 7 will receive a rise of at least 4%, with those earning less than £25,000 receiving a 5.4% increase.
Those on the highest pay points will receive an £800 uplift.
Pay increases are usually effective from 01 April. In recognition of an exceptional year, the 2021/22 pay settlement will be backdated to 01 December 2020. This follows the £500 thank you payment for health and social care workers.
SNP Candidate for Cunninghame North Kenneth Gibson said:
“I am pleased the SNP will recognise the service and dedication of our healthcare staff who deserve the biggest single pay uplift since devolution, especially after this exceptionally challenging year.
“The contrast in Scotland with the mean-spirited UK Tories is stark.
“Here in Ayrshire, 10,141 staff will benefit, with the average pay of a front line NHS nurse rising by over £1,200 a year. This deal also includes support staff such as domestic staff, porters and health care support workers, the backbone of our services, who will receive increases of over £1,000 – uplifts of 4% to 5.4%.”
NHS Unions will now consult their members on the offer.
The UK Government’s submission to the NHS Pay Review body provided for a meagre £250 uplift for staff earning less than £24,000 and 1% for all other NHS Agenda for Change staff.