Nurses and other health care professionals on Agenda for Change pay rates have been awarded a 1% rise for 2013/14 as recommended by the Pay Review Body.
In addition, there has been a 1% increase to the minima and maxima of the High Cost Area Supplement.
The small pay rise is in line with the announcement by the Chancellor, George Osborne, in the 2011 autumn statement that all public sector wage rises should be capped at an average of one per cent for two years from April 2013.
It follows a two year pay freeze from 2011 to 2013 for all NHS staff earning more than £21,000. Those earning up to £21,000 received an award of only £250 in both years.
The minimum starting salary for a registered nurse is now £21,388.
Last year health service unions were concerned about a consortium of 20 NHS trusts in the south west which was threatening to drive down pay costs regionally. The threat has receded this year after several trusts quit the cartel and confirmed their commitment to the national agreement for Agenda for Change contracts and a return to partnership working.
The Royal College of Nursing says nurses and health care assistants are struggling to keep their heads above water financially. It claims there is now a 9 per cent gap caused by rising inflation during the previous two years’ pay freeze
Band 1: £14,294 - £15,013
Band 2: £14,294 - £17,425
Typical job roles for this band: Clinical support worker nursing
Band 3: £16,271 - £19,268
Clinical support worker nursing (higher level), porter team leader.
Band 4: £18,838 - £22,016
Nurse associate practitioner acute, finance team leader, general office manager, admin team leader.
Band 5: £21,388 - £27,901
Nurse, midwife (entry level), theatre nurse, business administrative manager, catering manager, clinical coding officer/team leader, finance team manager, health records section manager.
Band 6: £25,783 - £34,530
Midwife, nurse specialist, nurse team leader, theatre nurse specialist, catering manager, clinical coding team manager, finance section manager, health records multi section manager, IM&T (information management and technology) analyst/technical engineer/team leader
Band 7: £30,764 - £40,558
Midwife higher level, midwife team manager, advanced nurse, nurse team manager, biomedical scientist team manager, clinical coding service manager, commissioning manager, estates manager operations/projects, finance department manager, health records department manager, healthcare scientist team manager, hotel services manager, HR team manager, IM&T section manager, improvement and development manager, information analyst advanced team manager, occupational therapist team manager, pharmacy technician team manager, physiological measurement/clinical physiology team manager, medical engineering team manager, medical physics technician section manager, procurement team manager, radiography team manager, theatre practitioner team manager
Range A: £39,239 - £47,088
Range B: £45,707 - £56,504
Range C: £54,998 - £67,805
Range D: £65,922 - £81,618
Midwife consultant, modern matron, nurse consultant, communications service manager, estates manager higher level operations/projects, head of procurement and supply, health records service manager, healthcare science service manager, HR manager principal, IM&T service manager, principal finance manager, professional manager (clinical, clinical technical service), professional manager improvement and development, programme manager, chief finance manager, head of estates/assistant head of estates, HR head of service, pharmacist team manager
Band 9: £77,850 - £98,453
NHS board directors
Pay for non-medical senior board directors in the NHS has remained frozen for the second year running, according to the NHS Boardroom Pay report for 2013 from Incomes Data Services (IDS).
Across all English NHS trusts, the median salary increase was zero for chief executives, with their pay remaining at £157,500. Senior directors last saw a salary increase in 2010 when it rose by 4.3%.
IDS say NHS remuneration committees are following the Government’s lead in restraining pay levels for public sector officials.
With inflation running at 2.7% pay freezes equate to pay cuts in real terms.
The Chancellor confirmed in the budget that salary increases of NHS staff will remain at below inflation levels until 2016.
Steve Tatton, editor of the IDS Executive Compensation Review, says: “Although NHS remuneration committees are not subject to the government’s pay policies, the research shows that they have taken their cue from the government’s desire for pay restraints.
“Salary increases for senior executives are difficult to implement especially as other health employees are experiencing severe pay restraint.”
According to IDS, board level turnover in NHS trusts remained high at 24% for the second year running.
IDS point out that chief executives are not always the highest paid directors on NHS boards.
In acute and specialist trusts, the median total remuneration of medical directors stood at £185,000, 10% higher than remuneration for the corresponding chief executive role.
According to Hansard, the ten highest paid staff at NHS England are:
1. Sir David Nicholson, chief executive (outgoing) – £211,249.
2. Paul Baumann, chief financial officer – £200k-£205k
3. Dame Barbara Hakin, acting chief operating officer/deputy chief executive – £195k-£200k.
4. Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, national medical director – £190k-£195k.
5. Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information – £180k-£185k.
6. Bill McCarthy, national director of policy – £175k-£180k.
Joint 7. Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer – £165k-£170k.
Joint 7. Rosamond Roughton, acting national director of clinical commissioning – £165k-£170k.
9. Jo-Anne Wass, national director of HR and organisational development – £155k-£160k.
Read more on doctors’ pay scales.