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Pay rates 2009-10

Pay rates effective from 1 April 2009.

Agenda for Change pay bands 1 April 2009

The second year of the three-year deal awarded an uplift of 2.4 per cent on the 2008/09 pay scales and high cost area supplements for staff on Agenda for Change terms and conditions.

Non NHS employers

The RCN recommended that employers outside the NHS should award a minimum uplift of 2.4 per cent 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
13,233 13,233 15,190 17,732 20,710 24,831 29,789
13,588 13,588 15,725 18,157 21,318 25,829 30,762
13,944 13,944 16,333 18,826 22,152 26,839 31,856
14,359 16,698 19,495 23,019 27,844 33,436
14,774 17,184 20,102 23,345 28,816 34,410
15,190 17,732 20,710 24,013 29,789 35,504
15,725 18,157 21,318 24,831 30,762 36,719
16,333 25,829 31,856 37,996
26,839 33,436 39,273

 Pay scales: Bands 8-9 

Band 8 Band 9
Range A Range B Range C Range D 75,383
37,996 44,258 53,256 63,833 79,031
39,273 45,596 54,714 65,657 82,824
40,853 47,905 57,146 68,393 86,800
42,434 50,580 59,821 71,736 90,967
44,258 53,256 63,833 75,383 95,333
45,596 54,714 65,657 79,031

Note: With effect from 1 April 2009, band 1 consists of three spine points only. Employees on the minimum of band 1 as at 31 March 2009 transfer to the new minimum point with effect from 1 April 2009 and their increment point becomes 1 April 2010.

As part of the three year pay arrangement the top point of pay band 5 is uplifted by a further 0.33 per cent. This means that the top point of 5 rises by 2.73 per cent in total. The minimum starting salary for a registered nurse is £20,710.

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 2009

Inner London:
20 per cent of basic salary (subject to a minimum payment of £3,947 and a maximum payment of £6,080).
Outer London:
15 per cent of basic salary (subject to a minimum payment of £3,339 and a maximum payment of £4,256).
Fringe zone:
Five per cent of basic salary (subject to a minimum payment of £912 and a maximum payment of £1,581).

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.

Agenda for Change handbook (PDF 366KB) [see how to access PDF files].

2009/10 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 recommended 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 2009/10 this means that pay and any leads and allowances should be uplifted by 2.4 per cent from 1 April 2009.

For previous years the recommended increases are as follows:

  • 2006/07 - 2.5%
  • 2007/08 - 2.5%
  • 2008/09 - 2.75%.