NHS staff awarded 3% pay increase

23 July 2021

The NHS Pay Review Body (NPRB) is an independent body that is tasked with putting recommendations to the government for NHS pay rises.  In March 2021 the Department for Health and Social care (DHSC) submitted evidence to the NPRB recommending a 1% increase.  However, a review of all the evidence has seen the NPRB recommend a 3% increase which the government has accepted for NHS staff in England.  This rise will be back dated to April 2021.

The NPRB makes recommendations across all the UK, however the devolved nations can choose to accept them.  In Scotland, NHS staff have been offered a 4% pay rise backdated to December 2020, in addition to a £500 bonus scheme funded by the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 support package. 

Across the UK around 1.6 million people work for the NHS across multiple trusts, making the NHS one of the world’s largest employers.  These changes will impact thousands of payroll professionals who will need to process the increases alongside the backdated payments. 


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