Mackay welcomes NHS pay rise
First Minister announces 3% rise for majority of healthcare staff.
Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the news that the majority of NHS Scotland staff will receive a 3% pay rise this year.
Staff currently earning up to £80,000 will receive at least a 3% uplift, and those earning £80,000 and over will receive a flat rate increase of £1,600. Staff not at the top of their pay bands will also receive any incremental progression they are due.
This uplift is a payment on account of progress made in negotiations so far.
Negotiations between the Scottish Government, employers and unions on pay, terms and conditions continue towards a three year pay deal.
Compared to equivalent staff in NHS England:
- Experienced porters at the top of Band 2 will be over £500 better off
- Healthcare assistants at the top of Band 3 will be over £600 better off
- Auxiliary nurses with a year’s experience in Band 4 would be over £800 better off.
- Nurses with five years’ experience in Band 5 will be over £400 better off
- Paramedics in middle of Band 6 will be over £450 better off
- Advanced Nurse Practitioners in the middle of Band 7 will be over £250 better off
For staff paid weekly, the pay uplift will be paid week beginning 2 July 2018. For those paid monthly, the uplift will be made in end July salaries. The payments will be backdated to 1 April 2018 as quickly as possible.
Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said:
“I know the last few years of pay restraint have been tough, and that is why I’m proud that the budget I brought forward this year included the lifting of the 1% pay cap for public sector workers – the first government in the UK to do so.
“The Scottish Government are currently in negotiations to agree a 3 year pay deal for NHS staff in which we aim to not just match but exceed the deal agreed in England. I hope these talks reach a positive conclusion soon.
“But we don’t believe those working in the NHS should have to wait for that agreement to be reached before they get a pay rise this year. That is why I am delighted the First Minister has announced those earning up to £80k will get a 3% pay rise now, and will be backdated to 1st April as soon as possible.”