NHS staff in Scotland being offered pay rise of at least 4%, says Nicola Sturgeon

NHS staff in Scotland are being offered a pay rise of at least 4%, the Scottish government has said.

The move is in recognition of health workers’ "service and dedication" during the coronavirus pandemic, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said.

The pay offer will be backdated to 1 December last year.

The Scottish government said the pay rises will benefit 154,000 NHS Agenda for Change employees – including nurses, paramedics, allied health professionals, as well as domestic, healthcare support staff, porters and other front line health workers.

Staff on pay bands 1 to 7 would receive at least a 4% pay rise compared with 2020/21, with workers earning less than £25,000 in 2020/21 guaranteed a minimum increase of more than £1,000 in 2021/22.

This means staff on the lowest pay point would get a 5.4% increase. Those on the highest pay points will receive uplifts of £800.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted on Wednesday night: "Our NHS staff deserve more than applause and 1% is not enough.

"@scotgov is offering a 4% pay rise, which would deliver guaranteed minimum increase of £1,000 for those earning less than £25,000 & 5.4% increase for staff on lowest pay band…and all backdated to December 2020."

The move comes after Ms Sturgeon in November announced a one-off £500 thank you bonus payment for all health and social care workers.

Boris Johnson earlier this month defended a proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff in England.

The prime minister said: "What we have done is try to give them as much as we can at the present time.

"The independent pay review body will obviously look at what we’ve proposed and come back."

He added: "Don’t forget that there has been a public sector pay freeze, we’re in pretty tough times.

"We’ve tried to give the NHS as much as we possibly can and that means, in addition to the £140bn of annual money, we’ve got another £62bn we’ve found to help support the NHS throughout the crisis."

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