Years of below inflation pay awards have seen nursing salaries fall far behind the cost of living – 14% in total. Experienced staff have left the profession and those who stayed are overstretched and undervalued.
We have submitted our evidence to the independent NHS Pay Review Body – the body that makes recommendations to UK governments on NHS pay. We have made it clear that nursing staff need a pay rise in line with inflation plus an £800 flat rate increase - anything less is a pay cut, and that this must not be linked to improvements in productivity.
At the same time, RCN negotiators are working with other trade unions to achieve the best possible deal.
The decision on the next pay award will come in spring 2018. Until then, we'll continue to apply pressure on the governments across the UK to ensure that the pay award closes the gap on years of real-terms pay cuts.