The decision was taken today (2 May) by the NHS Staff Council to accept the pay offer made by the government to Agenda for Change staff in England.
As a result, ministers have been asked to now implement this offer, which covers the 2022/23 and 2023/24 pay years.
The additional payments for the previous pay year (2022/23) will be paid as a non-consolidated lump sum, and the new salary rates for this year (2023/24) will take effect from 1 April 2023. The Staff Council has an expectation that the NHS Pay Review Body pay-setting process will be set aside for this year.
Eligible staff can expect to receive the additional 2022/23 payment and the new 2023/24 pay rates (including back pay to 1 April) as part of their pay in June.
The NHS Staff Council, which brings together NHS employers and trade unions that represent the Agenda for Change workforce, has issued a joint statement that sets out how it arrived at the joint decision to accept the pay offer.
ESR has confirmed its plans for implementation in June salaries, of both the 2022/23 non-consolidated payments and the 2023/24 consolidated pay uplifts (including arrears backdated to the 1 April 2023 effective date).
- Read the NHS Staff Council's joint statement.
- Frequently asked questions.
- New pay scales, and a pay poster for 2023/24.
- View the advisory notice for the new 2023/24 pay rates.
- The NHS Terms and Conditions of Service handbook has been updated to reflect these new rates.
- Guidance to follow for staff that may want to receive their 2022/23 lump sum payments in multiple instalments