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  • 17 March 2023
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Nursing Pay Rise 2023: What We Know So Far

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    • Richard Gill
    • Mat Martin
    • Julia Orege
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All NHS nurses, and all NHS workers except doctors (who are on a different contract), will receive a 5% pay rise, if this new deal is approved by union members.“All NHS nurses, and all NHS workers except doctors (who are on a different contract), will receive a 5% pay rise, if this new deal is approved by union members.”

Ahead of a possible nursing pay rise, this article details what this will mean in real money terms for nurses, the background surrounding this proposal and the outcome in relation to the effects of inflation.

Yet again, nursing pay is in the headlines.

And this time it’s because a 5% pay rise has been offered to NHS staff in England, starting from April.

All NHS nurses, and all NHS workers except doctors (who are on a different contract), will receive a 5% pay rise, if this new deal is approved by union members.

As ever, there’s slightly more to it than meets the eye, and it isn’t fully confirmed yet. But here’s a brief summary of what we do know.

A 5% Pay Rise For NHS Nurses, Starting In April 2023

All NHS nurses, and all NHS workers except doctors (who are on a different contract), will receive a 5% pay rise, if this new deal is approved by union members.

The unions have recommended that members back it after many months of talks and strikes. So it’s highly likely that this pay rise will be approved.

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…And A One-Off Payment Of At Least £1655

A further one-off payment of at least £1655 is also on offer, which is a top-up payment for last year’s pay award.

For perspective, £1655 will be for the lowest paid workers on Band 1 but increases through the bandings to £2400 senior roles like Nurse Consultants, and as high as £3789 for managers and directors.

What’s The Background To All This?

The average pay rise granted last year was 4.75%, with the lowest paid receiving the biggest rises.

But as inflation peaked, nursing and health unions demanded as much as a 14% pay rise for 2023/24, which would now be an above-inflation pay rise.

With inflation having recently stopped, and with the government confident about halving it from 10% to 5%, this pay rise now looks to be in line with inflation. That’s likely why unions have been quick to encourage members to accept it.

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Is The Current Pay Dispute Now Done And Dusted?

Not quite.

Firstly, the fact the unions think this pay rise is reasonable doesn’t mean members have to agree.

Secondly, the fact this pay rise is acceptable to both the government and unions is built on inflation halving – and no one knows for sure whether that will actually happen.

If inflation decreases faster than expected, there will be critics suggesting the pay rise is too generous. And if it doesn’t come down as hoped, nurses may not feel the benefit – and the dispute could rise again.

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As a nurse, what do you feel about this pay rise? Will you be agreeing to it?

Let us know your view – because it’s your view that really matters.

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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.

    • Richard Gill
    • Mat Martin
    • Julia Orege
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  • 107829

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    • Alayne Gagen
      one year ago

      Unfortunately this award is not being gjven to those who retired in 22 and before March 23 , it's unfair ... read more

    • Peter Keen one year ago
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    • Peter Keen
      one year ago

      There are two opposing features of the proposed rise. Firstly, the UK is worse than bankrupt and any expense only ... read more

    • Carl Young one year ago
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    • Carl Young
      one year ago

      Personally, I’m not in favour of accepting on 2 main principles: The first is that the one off payment does not ... read more

    • Julia Orege one year ago
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    • Julia Orege
      one year ago

      Great article... Pay increase well overdue, good to have a decent one off payment too. Let's hope the unions get ... read more

    • Ron Taylor one year ago
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    • Ron Taylor
      one year ago

      I would not trust Hunt he will take a good % back in tax. That 5% Will end up as ... read more

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