NHS pay in England

The latest on the status of a 2021/22 pay award in England and what the CSP is doing

Through the Pay Review Body (PRB) process, the government can implement a pay award without further agreement or consultation with health unions or employers.

The government has implemented a pay award of 3 per cent for staff employed by the NHS on Agenda for Change contract. 

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 as outlined in the evidence we submitted.

However, the hard work of CSP members and reps during our campaign for fair pay kept the pressure on the government, and helped to shift Westminster away from their initial position of a 1 per cent pay rise.

Next steps for NHS pay in England

Over the summer of 2021, CSP members were asked what they thought of the 3 per cent pay award. Over 90 per cent of those members who responded to a CSP survey said that 3 per cent was not an acceptable award.

The CSP is continuing discussions with the other health unions, and we are looking at how we can campaign jointly and challenge the government during the 2022/23 pay round.

Find out more about NHS pay in England

See part 2 of the NHS Terms and Conditions handbook for NHS England’s current pay structure.

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