Analysis

RCN’s gender report highlights reasons for poor pay

An RCN report calls out historical misogyny and calls for fairer and more realistic job evaluation frameworks
Picture shows perplexed young woman holding a credit card and tablet computer. An RCN report on why nurses have been historically underpaid calls for fairer and more realistic job evaluation frameworks.

An RCN report on why nurses have been historically underpaid calls for fairer and more realistic job evaluation frameworks

  • Gender and Nursing report says profession has lost influence, power and pay parity
  • Steps urged so nurses are on correct banding to match their responsibility and skills
  • Report wants support for career progression, calls on members to advocate for change

Look around your workplace and the chances are that most of your nursing colleagues are women. On average, nine out of ten nurses are women, a proportion that has not changed significantly for years.

But the history of the profession being almost entirely female, from Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole onwards, has a major impact on the working lives of nurses today, a report commissioned by the RCN has found.

Having a largely female workforce has

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