Pay rates 2009/10
Pay rates effective from 1 April 2009.
Agenda for Change pay bands 1 April 2009
The Government has proposed a three year pay deal worth 7.99 per cent over three years for staff in the NHS. For this, the second year of the deal, there will be an uplift of 2.4 per cent on the 2008/09 pay scales and high cost area supplements for nurses on Agenda for Change terms and conditions.
Non NHS employers
The RCN recommends 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|
Pay scales: Bands 8-9
|Band 8||Band 9|
|Range A||Range B||Range C||Range D||75,383|
Note: With effect from 1 April 2009, band 1 will consist of three spine points only. Employees who are on the minimum of band 1 as at 31 March 2009 will transfer to the new minimum point with effect from 1 April 2009 and their increment point will become 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 will rise 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
20 per cent of basic salary (subject to a minimum payment of £3,947 and a maximum payment of £6,080).
15 per cent of basic salary (subject to a minimum payment of £3,339 and a maximum payment of £4,256).
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.
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%.