• Kenneth Gibson MSP

Record Pay Deal for NHS Scotland Staff


The SNP Government has offered a 5% pay rise to NHS Scotland Agenda for Change staff – the largest single year increase since devolution.


The pay offer follows negotiations between the SNP Government, NHS employers and unions. NHS unions will now consult their members on the offer.


The deal would benefit more than 160,000 employees including nurses, paramedics, allied health professionals and healthcare support staff.


If accepted, front line NHS workers would receive pay rises ranging from around £1,000 to £2,400. The offer – which is being considered by staff - will be backdated to 01 April 2022.


It is the second year in a row that the SNP Government has offered a record high pay deal to NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) staff. The 2021/22 settlement provided an average 4% increase.


Kenneth Gibson MSP said:


“Scotland’s NHS Agenda for Change workforce – including nursing and midwifery staff, porter staff, and therapy staff – have long had the best pay and conditions in the UK. By offering a 5% pay rise, the SNP Government is demonstrating an ongoing commitment to ensuring that continues to be the case.


"It is a demonstration of how much we value our NHS staff who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe during the course of the pandemic.


“As we are building on NHS Scotland staff being the best paid in the four nations, the UK Tory Government would need to deliver pay uplifts of between 6% to 14% to front line NHS England Agenda for Change staff to catch up with pay levels in Scotland.


“The SNP Government does recognise the service and dedication of our healthcare and support staff and wants to pay them accordingly.”


In line with public sector pay policy, all Agenda for Change staff will be paid at least £10.50 per hour. This involves a rise of up to 5.36% for some workers.


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