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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.


NHS pay in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced that NHS staff in Scotland will see a 3% pay increase from July. 

The RCN and the other health trade unions are continuing to negotiate with the Scottish Government and NHS employers on a three-year pay offer. 

The 3% increase does not restrict the health trade unions from negotiating further increases in pay in the three-year deal. If any further increase is negotiated, it will be paid later in the year and backdated to April. 

We will update members on the full details of a pay offer as soon as negotiations conclude, which is expected to be at the end of this month. 

We will then be asking you to vote over the summer on whether or not to accept the deal.

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). 


NHS pay in England

RCN members in England have voted to accept a new three-year pay deal. 

The deal will be formally approved at a meeting of NHS trade unions on 27 June and is expected to begin being paid in July. 

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