• 12 March 2021
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NHS Nursing Pay Rises In April 2021 - What We DO Know!

  • Matt Farrah
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At this point, all salaries are still offered according to the New Pay Deal laid out in 2018

What pay rises will NHS Nurses see in April 2021? There’s a lot being said about NHS Nursing Pay at the moment. This video explains what we DO know about your pay - as we stand.

NHS Nursing pay will rise in April (from 1st April - it's the same within all public sectors, if there is a rise).

In the last 3 years NHS Nursing pay rises have been awarded on 1st April. There's no evidence to suggest this has changed for 2021.

So, if you are due a pay rise it will happen in April. In this video we outline who will see a pay rise.

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What Do We Know Will Happen In April 2021

• At this point, all salaries are still offered according to the New Pay Deal laid out in 2018. (We have a New Pay Deal Calculator that you can use.)

• Now that Pay Deal is about to run out – and in the budget in early March it was announced that NHS Pay would increase by only 1%, in May.

• At the time of recording the RCN have said they will oppose this. So we’ll see.

• What I will do here is talk about pay rates as they currently are.

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NHS Pay Rises For Band 5 in April 2021

• For now, salary increases are still based on the 2018 New Pay Deal – so incremental increases in April 2021 simply follow the existing plans

• So let me talk you through what that means for nurses at different points for their career

• If you’re a newly qualified nurse, you’ll earn a Band 5 starting salary of £24,907

• But if you’ve been a Band 5 Nurse for 2 years, then from April 2021 your salary will increase by just over £2000 a year

• Meanwhile, if by April 2021 you’ve been a band 5 nurse for 4 years, your salary will jump by around £500, from £26,970 to £27,416

• And if you’ve been a Band 5 nurse for more than 6 years, you’ll get a big increase of more than £3000 – taking your salary to £30,615 which is currently the very top of the banding

NHS Pay Rises For Band 6 in April 2021

• And now to Band 6 nurses…

• Band 6 roles currently start at £31,365 but more importantly, for most Band 6 nurses who have a couple of years of experience, the salary is £33,176 a year

• It stays at this level until you have more than 5 years experience – so if that’s you come April 2021, you’ll get a pay rise of just over £600

• But the best pay rise comes for Band 6 nurses who have 7 years’ experience as of April 2021. Your pay will actually jump by just over £4100 to £37,890

• For anyone in Band 7 the main highlight is that a nurse moving from 6 years experience to 7 years of experience (come April 2021) will see their pay move up from £41,723 to £44,503 (a pay rise of just under £3000…)

Conclusion

As I say, we all wait with bated breath to see what the new pay deal looks like - and when it arrives.

We have been told it will be early summer but whenever it is we will be here to explain what it means for you.

And if any of this wasn’t clear or you have unanswered questions about your salary, head to the Nurses.co.uk NHS 1% Pay Rise Calculator which will be able to clear anything up

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  • Matt Farrah
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I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded Nurses.co.uk and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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About the author

  • Matt Farrah
    Co-Founder

I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded Nurses.co.uk and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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    • F Y 2 months ago
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    • F Y
      2 months ago

      Hi would a newly graduated nurse who did a dual registration undergraduate masters degree also still be in band 5 ... read more

      • Hmmmm. I have to be honest F Y, but I'm not sure. You would need to take this up with your hiring NHS Trust.

        Replied by: Matt Farrah

        Thanks My dual registration is child and mental health nursing.. is it possible for me to go from nursing to social working and would I have to take the whole social working degree again or... what i... read more

        Thanks My dual registration is child and mental health nursing.. is it possible for me to go from nursing to social working and would I have to take the whole social working degree again or... what is the pathway for me to do this??? Is it true that social workers get paid more than nurses?? How long does it take for you to go up a band as a nurse do you u have to be in that same band for 5+ years?? (Sorry for the overload of questions :)crvdbrcktsc
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        Replied by: F Y

        I'm afraid some of the answers required here are above my pay grade! I would say that simply looking at pay as your motivation might not lead to the best decision. Nursing and social work are very dif... read more

        I'm afraid some of the answers required here are above my pay grade! I would say that simply looking at pay as your motivation might not lead to the best decision. Nursing and social work are very different career pathways of course and that ought to be your primary focus. You would not have to wait 5 years to move from Band 5. Not sure where you heard that!
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        Replied by: Matt Farrah

        Thank you :)

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