That Scottish Government is the first of all four British nations to offer theirs NHS workers a wage agreement.
NHS Scotland staff have received an offer of a 5% pay rise for 2022/23.
In the coming days, governments will step in England, Wales and Northern Ireland They are expected to announce the NHS wage bonuses they have been offering their workers.
Industry leaders say surge needs to be up inflation This time to prevent NHS staff from leaving and finding roles elsewhere while they fight the Cost of Living Crisis.
In the UK, prices are currently rising at 9%, the highest rate in four decades.
What will the pay rise for NHS workers across the UK be, when will it be paid and who will it be given to?
Here’s what you need to know.
What is the salary increase and when will the money be paid out?
In Scotland, NHS workers have been offered a 5% pay rise which they are now considering.
An announcement about the 2022 pay rise for NHS workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the level and when workers can expect it, is due in the next few days.
The General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing Pat Cullen said: “Any day Ministers will announce the next NHS salary premium and it has to be a significant one.”
What was offered to NHS Scotland staff?
The Scottish Government offered NHS Scotland Agenda for Change staff a 5% pay rise on Wednesday 15 June, the biggest increase in a year since decentralisation.
The agreement would benefit more than 160,000 workers, including nurses, paramedics, healthcare professionals and healthcare support workers.
Frontline workers would receive pay increases of between around £1,000 and £2,400 depending on their role and experience.
The offer, which is being reviewed by staff, will be backdated to April 1, 2022 if accepted.
It is the second year in a row that the Scottish Government has offered NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) staff a deal with record wages.
The 2021/22 comparison resulted in an average increase of 4%.
Scotland’s Health Minister Humza Yousaf said: “Our staff on the NHS agenda for change – such as nurses and midwives, porters and therapy staff – have long had the best pay and conditions in the UK, and with today’s offer of a 5% pay rise, we are demonstrate our commitment to keeping it that way.
“It’s a testament to how much we appreciate our NHS staff who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe as the pandemic has unfolded. We are counting on NHS Scotland staff being the best paid in the four nations.
“This has been another exceptionally challenging year for our health service and I am delighted that the Scottish Government can recognize the service and dedication of our health and support staff.”
Who decides how much money NHS workers get paid in each of the devolved nations?
For Agenda for Change (AfC) staff In England, Health and Social Care and Treasury ministers are deciding on an NHS pay rise, following the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) report, which has not yet been published.
NHS pay is seen as a decentralized issue; Therefore Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can either adopt a decision made in England or implement their own individual solution.
Wales and Northern Ireland are using the Pay Review Board process to help with their payroll decisions in 2022/23.
Why are NHS staff saying they need a raise?
Ministers have asked the NHS Pay Review Board to recommend a similar pay rise for the 3% NHS workers who will receive this year 2021, according to the industry magazine The care times.
Industry experts say NHS workers are struggling to cope with the rising cost of living and need a higher wage to help them with day-to-day expenses.
The General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing Pat Cullen has urged ministers to be “bold” when deciding how much money to add to the pay package of nurses, doctors and other NHS professionals.
She said: “If the pandemic was not enough to get ministers to appreciate the value of nursing, then the escalating cost-of-living crisis and exodus of nursing must wake them up.
“This research backs up our own, which has found that more than a decade of real wage cuts has left the nursing profession in a terrible position.
“With double-digit inflation, too many are struggling with the cost of living, including choosing between eating and heating, and it’s not even winter yet.
“[Ministers] must be bold and award nurses a wage that exceeds inflation by 5%.”
What has the government said about a pay rise for NHS workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland?
A Department for Health and Social Care spokesman said the government is waiting for recommendations from independent pay verification bodies before making a decision on pay for workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“We are incredibly grateful to all of our NHS staff and recognize the pressure that the rising cost of living is creating.
“NHS staff got a 3% pay rise last year, which increased nurses’ salaries by an average of £1,000 despite a public sector pay freeze, and we are giving NHS staff another pay rise this year.
“No decisions have yet been made and we will carefully review the recommendations from the independent paycheck bodies as we receive them.”
What are the unions saying?
Unions have warned that a 3% wage increase this year would fall well below the cost of living with inflation at 9%.
The Trades Union Congress, which represents unions in England and Wales, has said that if the government goes ahead with a 3% wage deal for inflation in 2022/2023 it would mean nurses are still £1,600 worse off this year could.
When was the last time NHS staff got a raise?
NHS workers were last given a pay rise in 2021 when they received at least a 3% pay rise.
It was awarded to nurses, paramedics, specialists, dentists and employed general practitioners.
The 3% wage increase was granted to workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
For the average nurse, this meant an extra £1,000 a year, while many porters and cleaners received around £540.
At the moment a newly qualified nurse earns around £25,000 and an average nurse earns £33,000.
The 3% increase came after the Government changed its mind after previously pledged to give NHS workers a 1% pay rise.
At the time, this was referred to as a “slap in the face” by industry leaders.
In Scotland, NHS staff have been offered an average pay rise of 4%.
Who will be awarded the raise?
In line with previous NHS pay rises, the 2022/23 pay rise is expected to be granted to nurses, paramedics, consultants, dentists, employed GPs and also healthcare support workers.