Analysis

Road block looms over bid to link pay to productivity

This latest article in our series on the 2018 pay negotiations looks at what is shaping up to be the biggest stumbling block – the government’s insistence on linking pay rises to improved productivity

Our series on the 2018 negotiations on nurses’ pay looks at what is shaping up to be the biggest stumbling block – the government’s insistence on linking pay rises to improved productivity

  • Relief over end of the pay cap is tempered by moves to link pay to productivity
  • Panel of MPs says nurses are overstretched and warns government to be realistic
  • Employers insist they are optimistic about a positive outcome that benefits all sides

When health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs last autumn that the 1% pay cap for NHS staff had been scrapped, he said future pay rises would be dependent on ‘improved productivity’.

Speaking in parliament, Mr Hunt said latitude the chancellor had given him in negotiating future pay rises was partly linked to productivity improvements to be negotiated at

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