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NHS staff in Wales will get a 1% pay award

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Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced NHS staff in Wales will receive a 1% pay award with the lowest earners receiving an uplift to the Living Wage.

He says more than 7,000 of the lowest paid employees will see an uplift to £8.45 an hour, in line with the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage.

In addition to the Living Wage uprating, other salary increases from 1 April for 2017-18 are:

  • A 1% consolidated pay increase for all Agenda for Change staff in NHS Wales;
  • A 1% increase for salaried doctors and dentists;
  • A 1% increase will be applied to the value of Clinical Excellence Awards;
  • A 1% increase will be applied to the value of Commitment Awards;
  • A 1% increase to the value of the GP trainers’ grant;
  • A 1% increase for independent contractor General Medical Practitioners and General Dental Practitioners;
  • A 1% salary increase for NHS Senior Executives, their first pay award since 2009.

I remain committed to tackling the issue of low pay in Wales and will ensure the lowest earners in NHS Wales are paid a fair salary, as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.

I am therefore implementing the uplift to the Living Wage – to £8.45 an hour – for all directly employed NHS staff from 1 April 2017.

I am pleased that I am able to award pay increases in line with the independent pay review bodies’ pay recommendations and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to staff working in the NHS in Wales. I am also committed to working in Social Partnership with employers and those representing NHS staff to consider the way forward on the other issues the pay review bodies raised.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary

Mr Gething has accepted recommendations on pay by both the NHS Pay Review Body and the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration.

But the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says it is 'disappointed' with the pay award.

We are disappointed to see that NHS staff in Wales, who are bearing the brunt of relentless frontline pressures, have yet again been awarded a pay rise that is below inflation.
This means the significant and continuous erosion of the wages of NHS staff and our members that has occurred over several years persists, with pay restraints being increasingly strained since 2010. An increase such as this does not match the dedication and hard work that our NHS workforce provides to patients in Wales each and every day.

However, we commend the Welsh Government for honouring the recommendations of the NHS Pay Review Body, so reaffirming its continuing commitment to the Pay Review Body, Agenda for Change and a unified pay structure for the NHS across the UK. As well as this, we welcome their announcement of continuing support for the lowest paid staff within NHS Wales by its decision to uplift the rate of pay to that of the living wage.

– Peter Meredith-Smith, Associate Director (Employment Relations)