NHS contractors in Scotland will be happy to hear the news that the Scottish Government has announced a minimum one per cent pay increase for NHS staff in 2016/2017.
This is the third consecutive year that NHS staff in the country will get a wage hike.
The Government has accepted independent recommendations and will be making sure that additional measures are put in place to address the salary needs of staff in the lowest pay bracket.
Come 1st April, all NHS staff in Scotland will enjoy an increase in the pay that they take home. NHS staff earning less than £22,000 will receive an additional increase. This increase will be a minimum of £400.
The recommendations made by the NHS Pay Review Body and Doctors’ and Dentists’ Pay Review Body were accepted by the Scottish Government, making the country the only nation in the UK to accept these recommendations. In fact, Scottish NHS employees earn more than the NHS staff in the rest of the UK.
“Today, I can confirm that all NHS Scotland staff will rightly receive the wage increases they were promised,” announced Health Secretary Shona Robison.
“We are committing nearly £100 million next year to ensure all NHS staff groups in Scotland will receive a one per cent pay increase. We will also supplement the pay of those currently earning under £22,000 to ensure they receive an increase of at least £400,” added Robison.
Robison also mentioned that while the increase is a modest one, the Government is going ahead with it even though the country’s budget was slashed by Westminster. She said the Scottish Government will continue to give NHS staff in the country a better deal compared to the staff across the border.
The Scottish Government also announced that it was set to accept the recommendations for independent contractor general dental practitioners, who provide services to the NHS. This increase will be one per cent in the pay net expenses.
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