Nursing Pay in Wales

NHS Pay in Wales

The RCN is campaigning for Fair Pay for Nursing.

The Fair Pay for Nursing campaign is about:

  • recognising the complexity of skill, responsibility and experience demonstrated every day, by nursing support workers, assistant practitioners, registered nurses and all members of the profession.
  • making sure that a safety critical profession can reach safe staffing levels and fill tens of thousands of unfilled nursing jobs.
  • recognising that the salaries of too many nursing professionals has not kept pace with increases to their living costs over the past decade.

Ultimately, the Fair Pay for Nursing campaign is about providing safe and effective care for all people of the United Kingdom.

The Fair Pay for Nursing campaign aims to secure a fully-funded 12.5% pay increase for all nursing staff covered by Agenda for Change terms, as part of a one-year deal that applies equally to all bands.

Wales indicative ballot FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about the RCN Wales indicative ballot, running from 4 November to 30 November.  

Email your MS

Use our handy online tool to tell your Member of the Senedd (MS) how important fair pay for nursing is.

Welsh Government pay award announcement for 2021-22

The Welsh Government announced on 21 July 2021 that NHS staff in Wales will be given a 3% pay rise for 2021-22.

That is lower than the rate of inflation, which is expected to hit 3.7% this year, meaning staff will effectively get a pay cut. Read RCN Wales’ response to the announcement.

The results of the consultation, which ran from 12 August - 13 September, showed members overwhelmingly agreed that the pay award for NHS staff in England and Wales is unacceptable.

RCN Wales lodged a formal trade dispute with the Welsh Government on 14 October, giving them 7 days to meet with us to discuss the pay award, but they refused. As a result, RCN Wales has decided to take the next step and initiate an indicative ballot.

The ballot will ask eligible members whether they’re willing to take any form of industrial action, such as strike action or action short of strike, or whether they’d be willing to support colleagues to take industrial action even if they wouldn’t take action themselves.

The result of the indicative ballot will not formally authorise industrial action but will be used to inform next steps in our fight for fair pay. The RCN is clear that industrial action is always a last resort, but we’re also clear that the current staffing crisis in the NHS is causing unacceptable risk to patients and staff.

The ballot will be run by Civica Election Services with voting open from 4 to 30 November. Eligible members will receive their ballot email from Have questions? See if they're answered in our Indicative Ballot FAQs.

To make sure the ballot reaches the right people, members' details must be correct in MyRCN - please check these now.

Fair Pay for Nursing

Fair Pay for Nursing

Find out more about the RCN's Fair Pay for Nursing campaign.
Fair Pay for Nursing in Wales

Fair Pay for Nursing in Wales

Read about how RCN Wales is campaigning for fair pay in Wales.

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Three simple actions to fight for fair pay

Get involved in our campaign to let the Welsh Government know why you believe nursing staff deserve a 12.5% pay rise. Below are some ideas of how you can stay active, stay in touch and stay engaged in the #FairPayForNursing campaign.

What's next for NHS pay

Indicative ballots on NHS pay are now open in England and Wales. Find out more about the campaign in your country and ways you can be involved.

Latest blog posts

Read our latest blog posts related to the Fair Pay for Nursing campaign.                     

Recent news

Take a look at the most recent news from RCN Wales.                                                            

RCN Wales on YouTube

View all of our #FairPayForNursing videos and podcasts on the RCN Wales YouTube channel.

Follow RCN Wales

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Page last updated - 18/11/2021