Preparing for the new pay progression system

Terms and conditions refresh

The new pay progression system will come into effect on 1 April 2019 for new starters. To prepare, the NHS Staff Council has established a sub group to negotiate details of the new system and will be producing guidance following this.

All employers will be expected to implement the new system for new starters from this date. Existing arrangements remain in place for current staff until the end of their transitional pay journeys under the three-year‎ deal.

The sub group is meeting to further explore how the annual appraisal process, required standards and progression through pay-step points should operate. The group is also working closely with colleagues responsible for the Electronic Staff Record to consider how existing functionality, or any new functionality, can best support managers and staff in effectively delivering annual appraisals and the new pay system.  

How does pay progression work during the three years of the deal?

Existing Agenda for Change (AfC) arrangements will continue to apply for staff employed before 1 April 2019 during the three-year transition. On their incremental date, if they have not already benefited from deletion of a pay point; it is expected they will move to the next pay point to reflect an additional year of experience. 

Since 2013, employers have been able to introduce arrangements that allow progression to be withheld at certain points if staff do not meet agreed standards. Where employers have arrangements in place, these can continue to operate for existing staff during the transition period. The expectation is that all staff will be enabled to meet the required standards and be able to progress.

What you can do now 

Consider your existing systems for appraisals and pay progression and review these in partnership with local staff side colleagues.

Use our checklist to help you prepare for implementation of the NHS terms and conditions of service 2018, including pay progression.

When you can expect detailed guidance

We anticipate being able to send out implementation guidance for the new system in early 2019.

Further information can be found on our pay progression web page and FAQs.  


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