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Guernsey nurses need 10% pay increase, says RCN

The college says the pay rise would bring nurses in line with other public sector employees on the island
Guernsey. Picture: iStock

The college says the pay rise would bring nurses in line with other public sector employees on the island

Nurses in Guernsey need a 10% pay rise to bridge the gap with other civil servants on the island, says the RCN.

A newly-qualified nurse on Guernsey currently has a starting salary of 26,404, but the RCN wants this boosted to just under 29,045.

In comparison, in England a newly qualified nurse has a starting salary of 24,214.

The RCNs demand comes after the college recently rejected a 5% pay increase from the States of Guernsey.

Closing the gap

RCN South East regional director Lindsay Meeks said the college now wants the States to outline how it will close the pay gap between

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The college says the pay rise would bring nurses in line with other public sector employees on the island 


Picture: iStock

Nurses in Guernsey need a 10% pay rise to bridge the gap with other civil servants on the island, says the RCN.

A newly-qualified nurse on Guernsey currently has a starting salary of £26,404, but the RCN wants this boosted to just under £29,045.

In comparison, in England a newly qualified nurse has a starting salary of £24,214. 

The RCN’s demand comes after the college recently rejected a 5% pay increase from the States of Guernsey.

Closing the gap

RCN South East regional director Lindsay Meeks said the college now wants the States to outline how it will close the pay gap between nurses and other public sector workers on the island.

‘If this is not achieved then there are a number of options up to and including going into dispute and seeking permission from RCN council to ballot for industrial action,’ she said.

RCN convener on Guernsey Kenny Lloyd said the pay issue was also impacting on nurse recruitment.

Jersey's better offer

Mr Lloyd said the neighbouring island of Jersey’s higher pay was attracting nurses away from Guernsey

‘Quite recently [a nurse] turned down a post and has gone to Jersey instead,’ he said.

‘There is a stark difference in pay. If you didn’t know too much about the island and you were going to uproot, you go to the one that pays more.

After pay negotiations were concluded earlier this year a newly qualified nurse in Jersey will earn £39,175.

Petition

The RCN, which claims to represent the majority of the 1,000 nurses on Guernsey, is also running a petition for members of the public to sign.

In response to the RCN’s demands, The States of Guernsey has said they are waiting on four other health unions to discuss the 5% offer with their members.

‘Once that has happened, the Policy and Resources Committee looks forward to further progressing the negotiations with all four unions, and it is hoped a resolution can be quickly reached,’ a States spokesperson said.

Union Unite, which represents just over 200 nurses on Guernsey, said it was currently balloting its membership on the 5% offer made by the States.

The other two unions are the Royal College of Midwives and Prospect.

Starting salaries for nurses on Guernsey

  • Band 5 £26,404
  • Band 6 £31,531
  • Band 7 £38,055
  • Band 8A £48,538
  • Band 8B £56,539
  • Band 8D £81,546


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