• 18 May 2021
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4% Pay Rise For Scottish Nurses Gets The Green Light

  • Matt Farrah
    Co-Founder
    • Mat Martin
    • Aubrey Hollebon
    • Richard Gill
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"This deal heaps further pressure on the UK government to offer a pay increase for nurses that’s far more generous than the 1% that’s been proposed"

Scottish nurses see their pay increase by 4% in a move that will make it harder for Boris Johnson to stick to his 1% pledge.

While nurses in England eagerly await the government’s decision on the proposed and hotly debated 1% pay rise the Scottish Government has confirmed it will be increasing nurses’ pay by 4%.

(Use our 4% Scottish Nurse Pay Rise Calculator to find out what you'll be paid.)

The deal was announced following confirmation that most of the NHS unions supported the proposal. Increases will be backdated to 1 December 2020.

The Royal College Of Nursing Remains ‘Disappointed’

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has claimed that this deal represents the biggest NHS pay rise since devolution.

And many unions, including Unison, see the 4% rise as a victory for Scottish nurses.

However, not everyone is convinced that this deal goes far enough.

The Royal College of Nursing, which has campaigned for an increase of 12.5% throughout the UK, says this deal doesn’t deliver a fair pay rise for nurses after years of real-terms decreases.

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All Eyes On Boris

Whether it was a unanimous victory or not, this deal heaps further pressure on the UK government to offer a pay increase for nurses that’s far more generous than the 1% that’s been proposed.

Furthermore, in Scotland and Wales, a £500 one-off Covid bonus was given to NHS Nurses – a bonus that was not offered in England.

While that bonus might have been primarily symbolic, it did add weight to the frustrations of Nurses working in England.

All eyes are now firmly on Boris Johnson, with an announcement on the pay decision expected in the very near future.

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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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    • Penny Campbell 27 days ago
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    • Penny Campbell
      27 days ago

      I work in Scotland and 4% is an insult, again. What is wrong with our Unions, when they cannot stand ... read more