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Nursing Pay in Wales

Nursing Pay in Wales

Here you can find the latest information about the proposals for NHS pay, what it means in Wales, and why it is important that you get involved in an RCN member consultation on pay.

The RCN is continuing to work hard to get a fair nursing pay deal for its members. Negotiations on a pay offer for NHS staff in Wales will be starting shortly. The RCN, along with the other health trade unions, Welsh Government and employers are in the process of agreeing the timescale for negotiations.

 As soon as the details of that deal are known the RCN will be sharing them with members. The Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Health Vaughan Gething’s pledged to the Senedd that all additional money the Welsh Government receives from the Treasury will go towards NHS pay in a ‘no nonsense’ deal that will be worked out through the partnership mechanism.

Pay deal for England

The RCN and 13 other unions have negotiated a new pay deal for NHS staff in England. It means that everyone on an Agenda for Change contract working for NHS England will receive a pay rise of at least 6.5% over three years.  However, about half of staff will receive much more than this – up to 29% in some cases.  

The RCN has protected unsocial hours payments in this deal, which we know are so important to members. And we’ve fought off changes to the annual leave allowance, which will remain the same.

We believe this is the best pay deal in eight years from a UK Government that is still committed to austerity and the most that can be negotiated. We also believe it is important to have, as far as possible, UK NHS pay arrangements.  

The RCN is recommending this framework to its members. If the proposed deal is agreed in England,  funding will be available in accordance with the Barnett Formula for Wales to hold discussions about whether, and how, the content of this deal is implemented for NHS Wales staff. This is because Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have the power to make their own decisions about NHS pay through devolution.    

Our main Nursing Pay website has lots more information, including a link to a pay calculator for NHS England members. You can use this for illustrative purposes and it will give you a good indication about what increase you’ll likely to receive if the pay rises and scales in the framework are implemented for NHS Wales members.


NHS Pay Deal Announced for Staff in England - Joint Statement By Tracy Myhill and Helen Whyley, Joint Chairs Welsh Partnership Forum Business Committee 

"Staff will be aware of the press coverage relating to the offer of a pay deal for staff in the NHS in England. Decisions in relation to pay in the NHS in Wales are devolved to the Welsh Government.The Welsh Partnership Forum Strategic Pay Sub Group met today to discuss the approach and potential implications for Wales.

Colleagues have agreed in partnership to schedule a number of meetings in the next few weeks to fully understand the detail and enable the group to provide advice to the Cabinet Secretary on a pay offer for NHS Wales."

RCN Wales member consultation

 The RCN Welsh Board and RCN staff are in discussion about the best way to consult members in Wales on a pay deal for NHS staff in Wales. We are committed to ensuring  we consult with members in the correct manner. 

The RCN will be holding meetings across Wales 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 Wales (see below).

The RCN remains committed to UK-wide pay terms and conditions for nursing staff

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Statement from RCN Wales Director, Tina Donnelly:

"We have campaigned hard for fair pay for nursing staff and we strongly believe that maintaining pay, terms and conditions across the UK is best for the future of our National Health Service. Failure to do this will have a significant impact on recruitment and retention in the NHS in Wales.

"The voice of nursing staff has been heard and we welcome the Welsh Government's decision to open negotiations on NHS pay. Like them we want to move quickly and we will be working hard to secure the best deal for our members."

The RCN will be pushing Welsh Government to agree a pay offer as quickly as possible to allow consultation with members to take place as soon as possible.


NHS pay deal workplace events in Wales