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  • 30 June 2020
  • 2 min read

Nurses: How Much Should You Be Paid?

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    • Kumaresan K
    • Richard Gill
    • Aubrey Hollebon
    • Laura Bosworth
    • Emanuele D'amico
    • Mat Martin
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What do YOU think ... about nursing pay?

Should the Gov pay NHS nurses more? Are NHS band pay rates fair? Do nurses in the private sector really get paid more than NHS colleagues? Will Clap For The NHS translate into more pay?

We've written a huge amount about nursing pay elsewhere on this site. We know it's a subject that nurses are very interested in. Now we want to know what YOU think. Comment 💬 Like ❤️ Reply 🙂 below.

*Please note, this article was written before the 3% pay rise was agreed in July 2021. For all the latest info regarding pay as an NHS Nurse, head to our comprehensive nursing pay guide.

Nurses were not included in the Government's announcement on July 21st 2020 that 900,000 public sector workers, including doctors, would be given a pay rise.

Many nurses felt scorned and the RCN said it was unacceptable given the effort and risk nurses have made during the Coronavirus pandemic.

NHS nursing pay is now in its third year of the New Pay Deal. The average NHS nurse gets paid £33,384.

Some feel this doesn't reflect the work nurses do and the Government should pay more.

For nurses in the private sector where pay is unregulated nurses tend to earn a little more, but have fewer benefits.

Is this a myth?

Care home nurses - has it ever been more challenging to work in the care home sector than in 2020?

Do you feel you are recognised for your hard work well enough in your remuneration?

National support for nurses is at an all-time high as a result of Coronavirus.

Clap For The NHS showed the gratitude of millions.

But are the British public prepared to pay more taxes to fund a pay increase for nurses?

NHS Pay Bands mean NHS nurses can earn higher salaries if they are prepared to move up a Band.

Is that fair?

Do the Pay Bands reflect what nursing is worth?

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on nursing pay - let's chat there!

Oh, and please Like this article to let me know you enjoyed it - thank you!

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I believe people working in healthcare should be able to choose to enjoy work. That is, choose an employer who reflects their values and provides them with a sustainable career. This leads to better patient care, higher retention rates and happier working lives in this most important employment sector.

    • Kumaresan K
    • Richard Gill
    • Aubrey Hollebon
    • Laura Bosworth
    • Emanuele D'amico
    • Mat Martin
  • 7
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    • Elizabeth Hudson 3 years ago
      Elizabeth Hudson
    • Elizabeth Hudson
      3 years ago

      I have been a nurse for many years and, in fairness, there have been wage increases. Many people will never ... read more

    • Nikki Baver-Pollard 3 years ago
      Nikki Baver-Pollard
    • Nikki Baver-Pollard
      3 years ago

      I agree... I’m a newly qualified nurse working in a GP practice and my peers will be earning so much ... read more

    • Joy Stringer 3 years ago
      Joy Stringer
    • Joy Stringer
      3 years ago

      As the NHS is 72 years old it’s about time nurses got a decent wage. Sick of trying to manage ... read more

    • Paula Washington 3 years ago
      Paula Washington
    • Paula Washington
      3 years ago

      The UK will loose iut in excellent Nurses to the USA and other jurisdictions due to the salaries.

    • Paula Washington 3 years ago
      Paula Washington
    • Paula Washington
      3 years ago

      Definitely not, Registered Nurses salaries in the UK is way too low.I came to work there in 2018-2019, and my ... read more

    • zoe creasey 3 years ago
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    • zoe creasey
      3 years ago

      I’m not a nurse, but I have many friends who work in healthcare. Whether that’s in care homes, gps, the ... read more

    • Louise Tulloch 3 years ago
      Louise Tulloch
    • Louise Tulloch
      3 years ago

      Matt please use your platform in the year of the nurse to make a huge change for GPNs everywhere!

        • Matt Farrah
        • Emanuele D'amico
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        • Nikki Baver-Pollard
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      • Yes, maybe others reading this would like to share their experiences around the subject of pensions for GPNs?

        Replied by: Matt Farrah

        I agree... I’m a newly qualified nurse working in a GP practice and my peers will be earning so much more than me next year due to the pay rise they will get through the agenda for change pay scales!

        Replied by: Nikki Baver-Pollard

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