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Three-year pay deal agreed for NHS staff in Scotland

Most nursing staff will see their pay rise by at least 9% by April 2021

Caroline White

Monday, 20 August 2018

NHS staff in Scotland have agreed to a three-year pay deal, following the decision by the joint health trade unions to accept the pay proposals from the Scottish government.

The deal, which includes reforms to agenda for change (AfC) pay scales, was negotiated in June, and its acceptance follows a month-long consultation with staff.

Three in four (77%) members who voted in the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland consultation said yes to the deal, while nearly all those (95%) who voted in the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) consultation agreed to the proposals.

The deal means that the value of the top pay point of Bands 1 to 8C will increase by 9% cumulatively over three years from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

NHS staff on AfC contracts will have received a 3% uplift in their July pay packets, and backdated pay from 1 April will be paid as soon as possible, the RCN has advised.

The agreement also includes restructuring of existing pay bands with a reduction in the number of pay points, meaning that staff currently below the top of their band will see quicker pay progression to the top.

There are also plans for further negotiations on four areas of reform to terms and conditions.

Norman Provan, associate director, RCN Scotland commented: “In this uncertain economic climate, the deal agreed today provides stability and security to members for the next three years. It is by no means the end of our fight for fair pay, but a platform to build upon in the future."

Emma Currer, RCM Scotland lead negotiator, agreed and said: “The RCM is pleased that our members have accepted this pay offer. It means that midwives, maternity support workers and other hardworking NHS staff in Scotland can finally begin to recoup the losses they incurred after years of pay freezes, pay stagnation, and uplifts well below inflation.

“This is something the RCM and other unions have been fighting for. This is a good deal and one that we believe is the best that can be achieved in the current economic climate.”

She added: “Reforms to AfC pay scales were also long overdue and going forward staff will now receive incremental rises more reflective of the pace of their development and level of practice required of them.”

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