10 reasons to back the deal
1. Better than what was on offer. Pay for nearly all staff will increase by at least 6.5% over three years – with 3% of that in the first year. Last year the NHS Pay Review Body gave “serious consideration to the case for a nil pay award.” This is the first funded offer to successfully bust through the public sector pay cap
2. Reached agreement with government and NHS employers that the top of the band is the full rate for the job. This agreement would increase the value to the top of those bands, and get staff there more quickly.
3. Pay increases will be made up of a mix of pay awards, incremental progression and reform – as we help more people get the full rate for their job sooner than they would do now
4. Over 85% of all current NHS staff will be at the top of their pay band by the end of the three year agreement - far faster than currently.
5. 100,000 NHS staff taken out of poverty pay and put onto a salary greater than the real living wage – that’s the most people ever who have been moved over a rate over the Living Wage in one go.
6. Starting salaries in each band will be increased – by between 12-22% - to help recruit new staff to the NHS.
7. It will take new starters less time to reach the full rate for the job – a maximum of 5 years, with most staff taking 2-4 years. It currently takes up to 8 years for some staff.
8. A cash lump sum for all staff at the top of their band on 1 April 2019 – worth between £210 and £800 depending on pay band.
9. No-one has to give up any annual leave – and agreement will be reached to support staff who want to buy or sell annual leave, as well as ensuring staff get TOIL or pay for extra hours they work
10. Firm commitment from NHS employers and government to reach a national agreement on apprentice pay – currently many apprentices are paid less than £4 an hour.