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

Whilst NHS funding is set by central UK Government, devolved nations retain responsibility for delivery of healthcare including NHS pay. The CSP stands #WithNHSStaff and continues to campaign and lobby in devolved nations to achieve fair pay for NHS Staff.

Poster for WithNHSStaff campaign for a fair pay rise

Whilst NHS funding is set by central UK Government, devolved nations retain responsibility for delivery of healthcare including NHS pay. The CSP stands #WithNHSStaff and continues to campaign and lobby in devolved nations to achieve fair pay for NHS Staff.

In March 2021 the 3 year pay deal agreed in 2018 comes to an end. This means the transition to new pay scales will be complete - we are still awaiting detail of how this will look in Northern Ireland 

Some individuals in bands 8 and 9 may have received a consolidated payment in year 3 and as a result are in between the final pay points. It has been confirmed that the consolidated payments will continue in 2021 and will be reviewed after the 2021/2022 pay outcome is confirmed. As a minimum, the intention is that no individual will experience a reduction in pay.

2021/22 Pay Review Process

As a devolved nation of the UK, the Northern Ireland Assembly  has responsibility for healthcare in Northern Ireland. However, funding for the HSC (health and social care system)  is dependent on the settlement that arrives from the central UK government via the Barnett formula. Once the Pay Review Body has made their recommendation, UK ministers will decide whether these will be implemented or not. Once ministers decide on the settlement a percentage of the funding will come to Northern Ireland.  

The executive will then decide how  to implement the same award as in England.  

Other news 

In February the minister announced a recognition payment for HSC staff .  Details are still being finalised and we do not have a date for when the payment will be made.  This proposal was made without any discussion with trade unions 

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