Pay rates 2008/09
Pay rates effective from 1 April 2008.
Agenda for Change pay bands 1 April 2008
The Government proposed a three year pay deal worth 7.99 per cent over three years for staff in the NHS. For the first year of the deal 2008/09 there was an uplift of 2.75 per cent on the 2007/08 pay scales and high cost area supplements for nurses on Agenda for Change terms and conditions.
Non NHS employers
The RCN recommended that employers outside the NHS should award a minimum uplift of 2.75% to the current pay rates for all nurses and health care support workers.
Pay scales: Bands 1 - 7
|Band 1||Band 2||Band 3||Band 4||Band 5||Band 6||Band 7|
Pay scales: Bands 8-9
|Band 8||Band 9|
|Range A||Range B||Range C||Range D||73,617|
The minimum starting salary for a registered nurse is £20,225.
- To calculate your hourly rate, divide your annual basic salary by 52.14 and then by 37.5.
High cost area supplements from 1 April 2008
- Inner London:
20 per cent of basic salary (subject to a minimum payment of £3,855 and a maximum payment of £5,938)
- Outer London:
15 per cent of basic salary (subject to a minimum payment of £3,261 and a maximum payment of £4,156)
- Fringe zone:
5 per cent of basic salary (subject to a minimum payment of £891 and a maximum payment of £1,544).
Payments for working or providing emergency cover outside normal hours (unsocial hours and on-call) are outlined in Section two of the Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions handbook.
Overtime is payable for staff in bands one to seven when excess hours are worked over full-time hours (37.5). Overtime should be agreed with your line manager in advance of working excesss hours. Overtime is payable at time and a half with the exception of overtime on a public holiday which is paid at double time (see section three of the Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions handbook).
As an alternative to overtime pay staff can request time off in lieu instead.
2008/09 Pay rates for non-NHS staff
Nurses who are employed on non-NHS (AFC - Agenda for Change) contracts of employment do not automatically benefit from the annual Pay Review Body award. Nurses in this group might be practice nurses, or those nurses working in the independent or private sector.
In the past such nurses may have had their annual pay increase linked to 'Whitley rates'. Since the start of AfC in October 2004 there has been no mechanism to uplift these rates. Since 2004, the RCN has reccomended that those on Whitley rates should have their pay uplifted by the same same rates as those staff employed on AfC in the NHS.
For 2008/09 this means that pay and any leads and allowances should be upliftedby 2.75% from April 1 2008.
For previous years the recommended increases are as follows:
2004/05 - 3.225%
2005/06 - 3.225%
2006/07 - 2.5%
2007/08 - 2.5%.