Recruitment and retention premia


Recruitment and retention premia (RRPs) are pay supplements which can be applied to individual jobs, or groups of jobs, where labour market pressures make it difficult for employers to recruit and retain staff in sufficient numbers at the normal salary rate.

  • RRPs may be awarded locally, by employers or nationally, on the recommendation of the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB).  Employers, working in partnership with trade unions, are required to follow the nationally agreed guidance when deciding on the award of a RRP.
  • RRPs may be either long or short-term.  Short-term RRPs apply when the labour market conditions giving rise to recruitment and retention problems are expected to be short-term and where the need for the premium may vary significantly in the foreseeable future.
  • Long-term RRPs apply where the relevant labour market conditions are more deep-rooted and the need for the premium is not expected to vary significantly in the foreseeable future.

Further information is set out in Section 5 and Annex J of the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook. Annex R contains the agreement on the withdrawal of national RRPs by 31 March 2013, see Pay Circular (AfC) 3/2011 for further details.  There are currently no nationally agreed RRPs.  Local RRPs should be reviewed on a regular basis in order to ensure that there continued payment remains continues to be justified.  

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