Nursing staff recommended to reject Scottish government pay offer

1 Apr 2021

The RCN is recommending that its members working in the NHS reject the Scottish government’s recent pay offer to staff.

Members who hold an NHS Scotland Agenda for Change contract will be asked to vote to accept or reject the Scottish government's pay offer in a consultation which will open in the next few weeks. 

Julie Lamberth, Chair, RCN Scotland Board said: “Our members are exhausted. This past year has exacerbated long standing issues and taken its toll; we know many are thinking of leaving the profession. Governments across the UK need to demonstrate that nursing staff are valued. That’s why we are campaigning for 12.5%. 

“It is important that all members working in the NHS have their say on this offer. We believe the nursing profession deserves fair pay that recognises our contribution, supports retention and recruitment to ensure patient safety and compensates for the failure of salaries to keep up with the cost of living over the last 10 years. We are recommending our members reject this offer.” 

It is essential that members in Scotland who work in the NHS check their membership details with the RCN are up to date – particularly employer and preferred contact email.

More information about the consultation and the pay offer will be sent out to members shortly. In the meantime, visit our pay pages for more information. 

The RCN’s Fair Pay for Nursing campaign has been calling for a 12.5% pay increase in recognition of: 

  • the complexity of skill, responsibility and experience demonstrated every day by Scotland’s registered nurses and health care support workers; 
  • the need to ensure safe staffing levels and fill vacant posts;  
  • and the failure for nursing salaries to keep pace with increasing living costs over the past decade.

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