Fair Pay For Nursing

Find out more about the Fair Pay for Nursing campaign and how you can get involved

Throughout the pandemic, the country has witnessed the most impressive demonstration of nursing, seeing it as a highly skilled profession deserving of fair pay. Without the nursing profession, we would not be where we are today.  

But the Fair Pay For Nursing campaign is about more than our response to COVID-19.  

The Fair Pay For Nursing campaign is about: 

  • recognising the complexity of skill, responsibility and experience demonstrated every day, by nursing support workers, assistant practitioners, nursing associates, registered nurses and all members of the profession.  
  • making sure that a safety critical profession can reach safe staffing levels and fill tens of thousands of unfilled nursing jobs. 
  • recognising that the salaries of too many nursing professionals has not kept pace with increases to their living costs over the past decade.  

Ultimately, the Fair Pay For Nursing campaign is about providing safe and effective care for all people of the United Kingdom. 

The Fair Pay For Nursing campaign aims to secure a fully-funded 12.5% pay increase for all nursing staff covered by Agenda for Change terms, as part of a one-year deal that applies equally to all bands.

How the governments in the UK respond to this demand will indicate what they believe nursing colleagues across the independent sector deserve too. 

Funding our health and care system is a political choice. After years of inadequate support for the largest health and care workforce in the UK, the government should make the right choice now.

It is time to pay nursing staff fairly. 

Read more about the members behind the campaign, and how it has been developed.

Read Donna Kinnair's message to members about the campaign. 

Campaign with us

Join our campaign to show the UK government why you believe nursing staff deserve a 12.5% pay rise.

Campaign timeline

Find out how we have been campaigning with our members to secure an early and significant pay rise for nursing staff.

Order workplace materials

Use these resources to help spread the word, talk to other members and build support for our campaign.

Download the campaign poster.

Download the campaign leaflet

Download the Welsh campaign poster.

Watch our virtual rally online

Join us to campaign for Fair Pay For Nursing.

Support the campaign on social media

Support the campaign on your social media profiles.

Email your MP

If you’ve emailed your MP about Fair Pay For Nursing, use our sample email to respond.

Become an e-campaigner

You'll receive a regular email with a quick and easy online action you can take to support the campaign.

Become an RCN rep

RCN reps are members of the RCN who act as the link between members and RCN Council.

Find out more

Ten Things to Say About Pay

Read our publication with key talking points for members and the public on the urgent need for a 12.5% pay rise for nursing staff, as part of the RCN's Fair Pay for Nursing campaign
Nursing staff from the European Union

Moving forward on pay

We're calling on the government to give all nursing staff a meaningful pay rise and recognise the true value of their work.

Moving forward on pay

Pay Q&A webinars

Watch members of the RCN Trade Union Committee and Executive Team discuss the RCN pay strategy and how we’re campaigning to secure fair pay for nursing.