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We are inviting employers to contribute towards our evidence to the independent pay review bodies (the NHS Pay Review Body and the Doctors' and Dentists' Pay Review Body).
Expectations for the 2016/17 pay round
The chief secretary to the treasury has written to the chairs of the eight pay review bodies, highlighting expectations for the 2016/17 pay round. The letter sets out the need for continued pay restraint to help protect public sector jobs and confirms that public sector pay awards will increase by an average of one per cent a year for four years from 2016/17. It stresses that there should not be an expectation that all staff will necessarily receive a one per cent pay increase.
The letter also confirms the government’s commitment to reform public sector pay and conditions, which includes a renewed focus on pay progression. The review bodies have also been asked to consider targeting pay awards in a way that supports delivery of service and, where needed, addresses recruitment and retention pressures.
Your input is important and will ensure that the evidence we submit robustly reflects the views and priorities of employers in the NHS. Please complete our questionnaire with your views and any supporting evidence by 21 September.