Pay for public sector Health and Social Care staff in Northern Ireland

The latest on the status on a 2021/22 pay award in Northern Ireland.

Poster for WithNHSStaff campaign for a fair pay rise

On 30 November, the Department of Health in Northern Ireland said that they would implement the 3 per cent pay award for Health and Social Care staff backdated to 1 April 2021. 

While this award will ensure pay parity with NHS staff in England, the CSP, along with other health unions, is disappointed with this outcome. It is not the significant pay award that we believe is needed and deserved.   

A copy of the circular can be found on the Department of Health website.

Additional pay award 2021/22

In February 2022 there was an announcement of additionality to pay, effective from 1st April 2021, for staff substantively employed within HSC under Agenda for Change terms and conditions.  The additional amounts are detailed below - however we do not know when this additionality will be paid to staff.  

  • an additional 1.5% non consolidated award for AfC Bands 1-3
  • An additional 1% non consolidated award for AfC Bands 4-7 
  • An additional 0.5% non-consolidated pay uplift for other directly employed HSC staff
  • These non-consolidated pay awards will not count for pensionable pay, nor towards any of the other allowances and additions to pay in the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook.  They will not, for example, count in the calculation of unsocial hours or overtime payments.
  • The consolidated pay values of all pay points remain unchanged from those published in December 2021 (HSC 9AfC0 (2)2021) 
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