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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 Welsh Government and the joint health trade unions in Wales have announced they have reached agreement on a proposed three-year pay deal for NHS staff in Wales.

The RCN in Wales said: “We welcome the announcement, which will now discuss with our members. But this deal is only the beginning. We will continue to fight for better pay and conditions for all members of the nursing family – whether in the NHS or the independent sector. The deal now needs to go through our RCN governance procedures and be put to members before it can be agreed. We will be working hard over the coming weeks to make sure our members have all the information they need to make an informed choice, but we believe that this is the best deal that we could do through negotiation.

“If agreed the majority of NHS staff will receive a 6.5 per cent increase over three years. There will also be restructuring of existing pay bands with a reduction in the number of pay points.  This is the largest pay rise offered to nurses in 10 years and it has been a long and arduous journey to get to this point, but the success of the Scrap the Cap campaign shows the power our members can wield over Government policy.  We will now be engaging with our members to see what they think. It is vital that as many members as possible take part in the consultation on the proposed deal.”

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RCN Wales member consultation

This information has been sent via bulk email to all RCN Members working in the NHS in Wales:

Your elected Trade Union Committee met on Wednesday 1 August to receive an update from the RCN Welsh Board on the current status of pay negotiations.

The RCN is awaiting confirmation from the Cabinet Secretary in Wales about one specific aspect of the funding arrangements.


Until we have that clarification in writing, we are not in a position to launch a consultation of our members working in the NHS in Wales. This view was supported by the Welsh Board which met later in the day.


Once the RCN has received that confirmation from the Cabinet Secretary, the Trade Union Committee will meet again to agree the basis of the member consultation.

NHS Wales applicable

Please remember that this current offer is a proposed deal for staff working in the NHS in Wales only and does not include all RCN members in Wales. Therefore, the consultation on the proposed deal can only go out to RCN members in Wales who work in the NHS and who will be in receipt of any pay award.

Please remember to update your membership details by logging on to MyRCN 

However, the RCN across the UK has agreed to continue to fight for better pay and conditions for all members of the nursing family – whether in the NHS or the independent sector.


Pay deal for England

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

From July 2018 staff, typically those at the top of their bands, can expect to receive an increase of 3% in their pay packets, with backdated pay from April 2018 being awarded in August. The initial increase for some other staff from July 2018 will be less than 3%, typically 1.5%, until their increment date.

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."

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