13 / 3 / 2014 11.17am
The Government has rejected the recommendation from the pay review bodies for a 1 per cent uplift to all pay scales and has announced an annual increase of at least one per cent for staff through either contractual incremental pay or a non-consolidated payments.
These are really tough calls for the Government to make. Pay increases or jobs? We know staff have worked incredibly hard in some incredibly challenging circumstances when the NHS has been subject to exceptional scrutiny. For many staff a pay increase would of course help ease some financial pressures and for others a pay award would be a welcome recognition in a difficult year. We know how tough this decision will feel and how disappointed staff will be.
The evidence we gave to the review body said any rise would add to already significant cost pressures.
I’ve highlighted the main details of today’s announcement below:
NHSPRB / DDRB
- All Agenda for Change staff and employed doctors and dentists who are not eligible to receive incremental pay, will be given a 1 per cent non-consolidated payment in April 2014/15. Other staff will receive an increase of at least 1per cent through incremental progression.
- The 1 per cent increase will be non-consolidated and non-pensionable and apply with effect from 1 April 2014. The consolidated pay scales remain unchanged and these will continue to be the basis for any additional earnings such as banding supplements, overtime and unsocial hours enhancements.
- All other staff will receive any incremental progression to which they are eligible during the year, subject to meeting requirements in their terms and conditions and where necessary local performance requirements.
- In addition the Government has also determined that in in 2015/16 the same approach will apply and staff who are not eligible to receive incremental pay will receive a non-consolidated payment of 2 per cent of pay (equivalent to an additional 1 per cent non-consolidated in each of the two years concerned), while other staff receive incremental progression.
- As this will be a two year pay award, the NHSPRB and DDRB will not be asked to make recommendations on a pay award in the 2015 pay round.
- The Government also stated that if the NHS trade unions were prepared to agree to an incremental progression freeze for one year in 2015/16, then they would be prepared to consolidate the pay award.
- The Government has also made decisions in relation to medical and dental primary care contractors. They have accepted the recommendation for a one per cent increase to GPs’ pay, broadly in line with other public sector workers. Once expenses of running their businesses are taken into account, this represents a 0.28 per cent increase to the GP contract payments.
Our pay teams are currently working on the new pay circulars to enable you to implement the 2014/15 awards and we will issue these on our website and promote through the workforce bulletin as soon as they are available. The expectation is that pay increases will be made in May backdated to 1 April.
We will also be working with DH and ESR to produce a set of Q&A on the pay award to help explain the detail of today’s Government announcement.
I hope that you have found this update useful, this announcement will give employers some certainty over pay for the next two years and we can now turn our attention to how we can come out of this period of pay restraint in a mature way. I know trade unions will be angry, but hope they will recognise of shared desire to maximise job security for staff and work with us on creative solutions.
More immediately, I hope that the doctors union will now see the urgency in concluding negotiations on changes to their terms and conditions of employment. Nurses, therapists, scientists, cleaners, porters and other NHS staff have already agreed some changes to their national terms and condition of employment. We now need doctors to do the same
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