NHS pay rise 2022/23: when will it be paid to staff, how much for doctors and nurses, who will get increase?
The Department for Health and Social Care has announced pay rises for NHS staff, but some workers are still waiting for confirmation of what their pay award will be
The UK government has announced that NHS workers are receiving pay increases.
The promised rate, however, has already been referred to by unions as a “kick in the teeth” and as “a massive national pay cut.”
This comes a month after the Scottish Government became the first of all four UK nations to offer their
“We expected the inevitable betrayal, but the scale of it is an affront,” Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said.
But how much will the pay rise be for NHS workers across the UK, when will it be paid and who will it be awarded to?
Here’s everything you need to know.
How much will the pay rise be for?
NHS staff will get at least a 4.5% pay rise, with the lowest earners receiving up to a 9.3% increase backdated to April. Eligible dentists and doctors will also receive a 4.5% pay rise.
More than a million nurses, paramedics, midwives, porters and cleaners will get a pay rise of at least £1,400, with the average basic pay for nurses to increase from around £35,600 to £37,000, and newly qualified nurses will get a 5.5% increase to £27,055.
The UK government has agreed to the NHS rise in England and plans to fund pay rises from existing budgets.
Every NHS employee on the band system will receive a pay increase of at least £1,400 per year.
That is equivalent to a pay rise of around 9% for the lowest earners, but for middle earners it will be around 4%.
The starting salary for newly licensed nurses, paramedics, and midwives will rise from £25,655 to £27,055, a 5.5% increase.
The Welsh Government accepted these recommendations on Friday 22 July.
The Health Minister Eluned Morgan said the government will implement this recommendation on top of the Real Living Wage top-up previously announced, which came into effect in April.
It’s also recommended that staff in Northern Ireland are given a pay rise in line with the recommendations given by the independent pay review body.
Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann said he wanted to accept these recommendations, but has unable to immediately implement the pay settlement because the executive budget for the financial year in Northern Ireland is yet to be agreed.
In Scotland, NHS workers have been offered a 5% pay rise, which they are now considering. The Scottish Government offered a 5% pay rise to NHS Scotland Agenda for Change staff on Wednesday 15 June, which is the largest single year increase since devolution.
The deal would benefit more than 160,000 employees including nurses, paramedics, allied health professionals and healthcare support staff.
Depending on roles and experience, front line workers would receive pay rises ranging from around £1,000 to £2,400.
The offer, which is being considered by staff, will be backdated to 1 April 2022 if accepted.
When will the money be paid?
It’s not clear when the pay rise will come into effect, though it is thought that it could be September.
Although it has been confirmed that the pay rise would be back-dated to April, no specific date has been given for when workers will recieve it.
Who decides how much money NHS workers get paid in each of the devolved nations?
For Agenda for Change (AfC) staff in England, Ministers at the Department of Health and Social Care and Treasury decide on any NHS pay rise following the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) report, which was published on Tuesday 19 July.
NHS pay is considered a devolved issue; therefore, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can either match a decision made in England or implement their own individual solution.
Wales and Northern Ireland are using the Pay Review Body process to help with their decisions on a pay award in 2022/23.
What have the unions said?
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said the Government’s announcement of a 4% percent pay increase for midwives and maternity support workers “is unacceptable and won’t cut it.”
Responding to the Government’s announcement of this year’s NHS pay award, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) General Secretary and Chief Executive, Pat Cullen, said: “This is a grave misstep by ministers. With this low award, the government is misjudging the mood of nursing staff and the public too.
“There are tens of thousands of unfilled nursing jobs and today ministers have taken the NHS even further from safe patient care.
“Living costs are rising and yet they have enforced another real-terms pay cut on nursing staff. It will push more nurses and nursing support workers out of the profession.
“Our members will vote and tell us what they want to do next. We are grateful for the growing public support, including over strike action.
“The award must be fully funded with additional money. There can be no question of money being taken out of existing NHS budgets.”
When did NHS staff last get a pay rise?
NHS workers last received a pay rise in 2021, when they were given at least a 3% pay increase.
It was given to nurses, paramedics, consultants, dentists and salaried GPs.
The 3% pay rise was given to workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
For the average nurse, this meant an additional £1,000 a year, while many porters and cleaners received about £540.
At the moment, a newly qualified nurse earns approximately £25,000 and the average nurse makes £33,000.
The 3% rise came after the Government changed its mind after having previously pledged to give NHS workers a 1% pay rise.
At the time, this was described as a “slap in the face” by industry leaders.
In Scotland, NHS staff were offered an average 4% pay rise.
Who will the pay rise be awarded to?
In line with previous NHS pay rises, the 2022/23 pay rise is expected to be given to nurses, paramedics, consultants, dentists, salaried GPs and also healthcare support staff.