Who is the deal is for?
The deal is for staff working for the NHS in England only. However, we are committed to UK-wide pay, terms and conditions.
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What does the deal include?
Every member employed in the NHS in England gets a pay rise
Everyone employed in England on an Agenda for Change contract will receive a pay rise. For around half of NHS staff it will be 6.5% over three years - with some receiving much more.
Progress to the top of pay bands will be quicker
The pay structure is being simplified. Overlaps between the bands are being removed and the number of pay points is being reduced, meaning you’ll be on the highest rate for your band sooner.
Changes to the pay structure mean that your pay increase may be different to your colleagues. It’s important to see what this deal means to you.
Unsocial hours payments will continue
We know unsocial hours payments are an essential part of your pay package. The RCN fought to successfully protect them in this deal.
Annual leave will not change
You may have heard that as part of the pay deal staff would be required to give up a day of annual leave each year.
The RCN has successfully protected annual leave allowance in England and the number of days you have remains the same.
Better starting salaries will improve recruitment potential
The ability to recruit new staff has been compromised by low wages. New starting salaries will be more attractive and for the first time, the lowest paid staff in England will be earning the living wage. Better pay will help to attract new staff to nursing roles.
This deal affects different bands and pay points in different ways. Read the full details on the NHS Pay website.
The deal will improve staff happiness and wellbeing at work
The deal will see improvements to productivity in the NHS – staff will be able to progress and to learn new skills and knowledge. Increments will be based on increased capability and development.
There is also a partnership approach to health and wellbeing in the deal to address the current high rate of sickness in the NHS. We believe keeping staff happy and well at work would result in the desired rise in productivity.