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Pay and other campaigns

Details of our current campaigns.

Nursing pay

Here you can find the latest information about the proposals for NHS pay, what it means in Scotland, and arrangements for an RCN member consultation on pay in Scotland.

RCN member consultation in Scotland

RCN Scotland Board has today (Friday 20 April) taken the decision to consult members in Scotland working in the NHS on a pay deal separately from those in other UK countries.
Members will no longer be asked to endorse the deal on offer in England, as was previously planned. 
They will be asked to vote on a Scotland-specific pay deal following negotiations in Scotland, scheduled to conclude in late June.
Read RCN Scotland Board Chair Stewart Donnelly’s blog - read more

Pay negotiations

The RCN is continuing to work hard to get a fair nursing pay deal for its members and RCN remains committed to UK-wide pay terms and conditions for nursing staff.

Negotiations on a pay offer for NHS staff in Scotland will be starting shortly. 

As soon as the details of that deal are known, expected to be in late June, the RCN will be sharing them with members and asking members their views on the deal. 

The Scottish Government has said it will ensure nurses, support staff, AHPs, and all other staff groups covered by the agreement in England will be paid at least as much as their counterparts in other parts of the UK.

The RCN will be holding meetings across Scotland to inform members and answer their questions about NHS pay. 

Please check back here for further updates on the consultation and information on member meetings across Scotland (see below). 

Pay offer in England

An offer for NHS staff in England was announced. in March It means that everyone on an Agenda for Change contract will receive a pay rise of at least 6.5% over three years. However, about half of staff will receive much more than this as a result of proposed reform of the increments system. 

By reading the information on the detail of the deal and using the pay calculator, based on the terms of the deal in England, RCN members can get an indication of how their pay might change under a similar deal. 

Remember that a deal in Scotland is likely to reflect the slightly differentiated pay values and current terms and conditions applied to NHS staff working in Scotland.

For more information, check out the 'Find out more' box on this page.

Independent sector and non-NHS staff

The current negotiations on pay are for staff employed in the NHS only. 

The RCN believes all health and social care employers need to have a pay system that is competitive with the NHS. 

Some are based on NHS structures, some are set independently and in some instances pay rates are dictated by budgets. 

We anticipate that improvements in NHS pay will have a positive effect on pay in other sectors. 

NHS pay deal workplace events in Scotland