Who is getting a pay rise in the NHS – will nurses get one?

Almost one million public sector workers are to get an above-inflation pay rise to thank them for their work during the coronavirus crisis, following an announcement by the Treasury last week.

The salary increases will be up 3.1% in 2020/2021 – with almost 900,000 people set to benefit from the rise.

As well as teachers, prison officers and police officers, some NHS workers will also be entitled to the pay increase.

But which health workers will benefit from the raise – and does it include nurses?

Who is getting a pay rise in the NHS?

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NHS workers who will benefit from the above-inflation raise include doctors and dentists.

They will be among those who are given the largest increase, getting a 2.8% raise – with only police officers getting a higher rise, of 3.1%.

Announcing the news earlier this month, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: ‘These past months have underlined what we always knew, that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them.

‘It’s right therefore that we follow the recommendations of the independent pay bodies with this set of real-terms pay rises.’

The pay awards will be backdated to April of this year

Are nurses included in the NHS pay rises?

The pay rises announced by the Treasury only apply to doctors and dentists – nurses are not included.

The government has stated nurses are not included in the pay rises as they agreed a separate Agenda for Change three-year deal in 2018, which will result in the average nurse receiving ‘an average 4.4% rise this year’.

However, the nursing community has argued the vast majority of frontline nurses are in Band 5 and received just a 1.65% rise in April – with the decision still causing controversy.

The Government has also come in for criticism after many care workers who were on minimum wage during the pandemic were not included in the pay rises.

The Department of Health and Social Care has said that while it is ‘immensely grateful’ to social care workers, has stated that the vast majority of them are employed by private sector providers – meaning local authorities will set their salaries.

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