When the salary will increase and by how much

NHS workers are getting pay rises after a tough few years working during the pandemic.

However, unions have already described the promised rate as a “kick in the teeth”, saying it “amounts to a massive national pay cut”.

Sharon Graham, general secretary of Unite, said: “We expected the inevitable betrayal but the scale of it is an affront.”

But how much will they get? Here’s everything you need to know.

How is NHS pay increasing?

NHS staff on the band system will all get an annual pay rise of at least £1,400, backdated to April.

This is in addition to the 3 per cent pay rise they received last year.

The basic pay for newly qualified nurses, paramedics and midwives will increase by 5.5 per cent, from £25,655 last year to £27,055.

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The average basic pay for nurses will increase from about £35,600 to about £37,000.

The £1,400 rise means the lowest-paid NHS workers, such as porters and cleaners, will see a 9.3 per cent increase in their basic pay this year.

It is yet to be confirmed when the pay rise will land in people’s accounts.

How do NHS pay bands work?

NHS pay bands run between band one and band nine. However, band one is closed to new entrants.

Doctors and dentists have a separate pay scale, and are not included in these bands.

The majority of NHS workers are in bands two to six. Cleaners, porters and healthcare assistants typically start in band two, while newly qualified nurses, paramedics and midwives are in band five.

Bands six and above tend to have some level of management responsibility.

Band eight is split into multiple categories, with the highest-paid being upper management. Band nine is exclusively reserved for those in upper management.

A nurse in band eight may have a role such as matron, which includes responsibilities such as workforce management, finance and budgeting, education and development of staff, managing patient flow, and performance management.

How much are people getting?

Healthcare assistants, porters and cleaners

Those in lower bands will also receive a £1,400 pay increase, backdated to April.

This means the lowest-paid NHS workers, such as porters and cleaners, will see a 9.3 per cent increase in their basic pay this year. Here’s how the lower pay bands will change:

  • Tire two – £18,870 to £20,270
  • Band two (two years’ experience) – £19,918 to £21,318
  • Band three – £20,330 to £21,730
  • Band three (two years’ experience) – £21,777 to £23,177
  • tire four – £22,549 to £23,949
  • Band four (two years’ experience) – £24,882 to £26,282

Nurses, paramedics and midwives

Nurses, paramedics and midwives will all get an annual pay rise of at least £1,400, backdated to April.

This is in addition to the 3 per cent pay rise they received last year.

The basic pay for newly-qualified nurses will increase by 5.5 per cent, from £25,655 last year to £27,055.

The average basic pay for nurses will increase from around £35,600 to around £37,000.

Here’s how nurses’ pay will increase by band:

  • band five – £25,655 to £27,055
  • Band five (two years’ experience) – £27,780 to £29,180
  • Band five (four years’ experience) – £31,534 to £32,934
  • band six – £32,306 to £33,706
  • Band six (two years’ experience) – £34,172 to £35,572
  • Band six (five years’ experience) – £39,027 to £40,427
  • band seven – £40,057 to £41,4157
  • Band seven (two years’ experience) – £42,121 to £43,521
  • Band seven (five years’ experience) – £45,839 to £47,239

Doctors and dentists

Dentists and doctors within the Doctors and Dentists’ Remuneration Body (DDRB) remit this year will receive a 4.5 per cent pay rise.

This does not include doctors and dentists in multi-year deals.

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