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What will the pay deal mean for you?

Unions are happy with proposed pay rise for NHS staff in England, but some nurses say it’s not enough
Pay rise

Nurses in England are being offered their biggest pay rise in a decade in a new multi-year deal negotiated by NHS staff unions, the Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS Employers.

Could this boost to salaries help to address a burgeoning workforce crisis that has left the profession struggling to maintain recruitment and retention, with 40,000 vacancies in England alone?

Nurses’ unions believe so, saying the deal will begin to address the 14% real-terms pay cut their members have endured since 2010, as well as going some way to restoring morale in the workforce.

The offer follows months of campaigning by the RCN and other unions last summer against the government’s 1% pay cap and seven years of pay restraint.

The proposed three-year deal would give each of the 1.3 million workers on the NHS Agenda for Change (AfC)

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