NHS Staff Council pay progression guidance during COVID-19


A joint working group of the NHS Staff Council Executive has produced guidance to support the application of pay progression during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The main principle is that there will be no delay to the pay progression arrangements. From 1 April 2021 all staff will fall under the provisions of Annex 23 (England).

The guidance covers the following areas:

  • Using the Electronic Staff Record's reporting functions to assess the number of staff who are approaching a pay affecting step point. 
  • Approaches for ensuring pay step points are opened when they become due. 
  • The potential impacts of COVID-19 on an individual's ability to meet the pay progression standards. 
  • Approaches to ensure consistency where staff are absent from work, for example due to shielding or COVID-19 sickness absence, when an individual's pay step meeting is due. 

Download the guidance in full.

Visit our dedicated guidance sections for more information on COVID-19 and pay progression.

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