NHS Wales employees will receive a 1% pay rise, the Welsh Government announced today.
More than 7,000 of the lowest paid NHS staff will also receive a backdated pay rise as the uplift to the living wage applied from 1 January – the living wage has risen to £8.25 from £7.85. The Welsh Labour Government has led the way with its commitment for the NHS in Wales to be a Living Wage employer which means that the lowest earners in NHS Wales are paid a fair salary, as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.
Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has accepted the recommendations on pay from both the NHS Pay Review Body and the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration.
The pay rises, including the living wage, will cost an estimated £40m a year. The deal includes:
- A 1% consolidated pay increase for all Agenda for Change staff in the Welsh NHS;
- A 1% consolidated pay increase for salaried doctors and dentists;
- A 1% increase to the minimum and maximum of the salary range for salaried GPs;
- GPs in Wales will receive an overall uplift of 2.2% in pay and expenses on a similar basis to that in England;
- Dental contracts will increase by 1.1% for pay and practice costs.;
- No pay rise for NHS Senior Executives