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Pay

Information about pay in Scotland.

Nursing pay

Here you can find the latest information about the proposals for NHS pay, and what it means in Scotland.


Pay deal accepted for NHS staff in Scotland

A three-year pay deal for NHS staff has been agreed - read more

The process to implement the deal will now begin. NHS staff on agenda for change contracts will have received a 3% uplift in their July pay packets.

Backdated pay from 1 April will be paid as soon as possible.

The agreement includes restructuring of existing pay bands, with a reduction in the number of pay points.

It also includes plans for further negotiations on four areas of reform to terms and conditions. These negotiations will begin shortly and expect to be concluded by December. 

RCN members will be kept informed.



What is the NHS pay deal?

The majority of RCN members working in NHS Scotland will see their pay increase by at least 9% by April 2021.

The agreement includes restructuring of existing pay bands, with a reduction in the number of pay points so the majority of staff will progress more quickly to the top of their pay band. Overlaps between the bands will be removed.

It also includes plans for further negotiations on four areas of reform to terms and conditions. The four areas of reform:

  • Policy on the management of sickness absence 
  • Organisational change and protection of earnings 
  • Utilisation and application of TOIL
  • Appraisal and incremental progression.
These negotiations will begin shortly and expect to be concluded by December. RCN members will be kept informed.

Full details of the proposed deal can still be found on the NHS Pay website

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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. 

Stewart Donnelly

Three year NHS pay deal is by no means the end of the fight

Read RCN Scotland Board Chair Stewart Donnelly's latest blog on NHS pay in Scotland

Page last updated - 04/09/2018