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New RCN campaign leaflet highlights growing pay inequality in Northern Ireland

27 Mar 2019

The RCN has published a new pay campaign leaflet showing the ever-increasing differences between nurses’ pay in Northern Ireland compared with the other UK countries.

As from 1 April 2019, nurses’ pay in England, Wales and Scotland, which is already significantly higher than in Northern Ireland, will increase further as the second year uplift of a three-year pay deal takes effect. With no award yet agreed in Northern Ireland for 2019-2020, the existing pay gaps will now grow further.

 

For example,  a newly-qualified band 5 nurse in Northern Ireland will earn £22,795 each year, compared with £24,214 in England and Wales and £24,670 in Scotland. An experienced nurse at the top of band 5 will earn £29,315 in Northern Ireland, compared with £30,112 in England and Wales and £30,742 in Scotland.

 

A health care assistant or nursing assistant at the top of band 2 will now earn £18,309 in Northern Ireland, compared with £19,020 in England and Wales and £20,015 in Scotland. An experienced specialist nurse at the top of band 7 will now earn £42,616 in Northern Ireland, compared with £43,772 in England and Wales and £44,688 in Scotland.

 

The leaflet can be downloaded here.

 

Further information about the RCN campaign for fair pay for Northern Ireland nurses is available here.

Page last updated - 27/03/2019