Pay round 2010
As we approach the final year of the three year pay deal, NHS staff side has submitted evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body to propose that current recruitment and retention in the NHS and wider economic and labour market conditions do not warrant revision of the proposed 2.25% for 2010/11. In supporting this proposal staff side have submitted evidence under the following headings:
- economic indicators, inflation, cost of living and the impact of the recession on health care workers
- workload and pressure on staff
- vacancies and emerging workforce shortages
- pay and rewards in the NHS
- NHS productivity
- career progression, training and development.
Staff side have stressed the importance that a long-term view is taken in terms of the ability of the NHS to recruit and retain the very best workforce and that the NHS should not risk the continuing stability of the workforce in order to make short term savings in spending.
The Royal College of Nursing has also submitted two reports to support the proposal that the 2.25% pay award for 2010/11 is upheld. Past imperfect, future tense; Nurses' employment and morale in 2009 and Difficult Times, Difficult Choices; The UK nursing labour market review, 2009.
Key dates for the 2010 pay round
- 23 Sept 2009: Deadline for delivery of written evidence.
- October 2009: Any supplementary evidence or responses to questions from the NHSPRB in writing.
- 27 October 2009 and 3 November 2009: Oral evidence sessions. Any follow-up from oral evidence will be completed during November 2009.
- 17 December 2009: The Review Body plans to complete its analysis, reach conclusions on whether or not to seek a remit from the Secretary of State and write to parties as appropriate.