31 / 3 / 2014 2.50pm
The Government has announced pay awards for employed doctors and dentists for both 2014/15 and 2015/16.
The Government has decided to award for 2014/15, a non-consolidated and non-recurrent 1 per cent pay increase, payable from 1 April 2014, to NHS staff who are at the top of their incremental pay scale on 31 March 2014.
Other staff will receive any incremental progression to which they are entitled during the year 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.
The 1 per cent increases will be not be consolidated, recurrent or pensionable.
The consolidated pay scales remain unchanged and these will continue to be the basis for any additional earnings such as banding supplements.
These decisions arise from the Government rejecting recommendations made by the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB) for 2014/15. The report of the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body is available on the Office of Manpower Economics website.
You can also download a copy of the full NHS Employers submission to the NHS Pay Review Body 2014/15.
The Government has, in addition, decided that for 2015/16, staff who are at the top of their incremental pay scales on 31 March 2015, will also receive a non-consolidated award of 2 per cent (equivalent to an additional 1 per cent non-consolidated in each of the two years concerned).
The Government’s written statement says 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.
No pay recommendation for 2015/16
As a two-year pay settlement has been made, the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Pay Review Body will not be asked to make a pay recommendation for 2015/16.
The Government has also made decisions in relation to medical and dental primary care contractors. They have accepted the recommendation for a 1 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.
Find out more with our FAQ document
In order to help you deal with any queries and explain the detail about the pay award, we have worked with DH and ESR to produce a set of the most frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs).
The FAQs document is broken down into three sections covering general questions about the pay award and more specific questions for staff on Agenda for Change terms and conditions and for doctors and dentists.
Pay and Conditions Circular (M&D) 2/2014 gives the full details of how to apply the pay award.