Fair Pay for Nursing

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

NI consultative ballot FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the consultative ballot for HSC staff in Northern Ireland. Voting closes 10 February 2022.

What's next for NHS pay

Find out more about the campaign in your country and ways you can be 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. 

Campaign with us

Join our campaign to show governments across the UK 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.

Support the campaign where you are

Find out what's happening on pay in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

RCN campaigning app

The RCN campaigning app provides easy access to information, actions and the latest news related to the RCN’s campaigning priorities.

Visit our campaigning website for more information and to download the app. You can also watch videos showing how to add the app to your Android device or iPhone.

Take action today

Take the Fair Pay for Nursing campaign further in your workplaces and networks.

Become an RCN rep

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

Become a campaign supporter

Be the first to hear about our campaigns - sign up to receive a regular email with quick and easy online actions you can take to support our campaigns.

Become a member of the RCN

Join the world's largest union and professional body for nursing.

Join online or call our membership team on 0345 772 6100.
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Find out more

Ten things to say about pay

Read our 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

How did the government decide NHS pay?

The government used the Pay Review Body process to determine a pay award for NHS staff. Read more about how it works.

Don't get angry - get organised

 Raise your voice on the issues that matter with our expert training programme for members.

Read our submission to the Pay Review Body

Our submission for 2021/22 Pay Round sets out the case for a pay uplift and explores the impact of COVID-19 on working conditions. 

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.

Page last updated - 13/01/2022