Scotland: interim pay rise for NHS Scotland agenda for change staff

19 March 2021

Employees will receive an interim pay increase of 1% ahead of the final 2021-22 pay settlement, recognising ‘an exceptional year of significant pressure’. 

The pay rise will benefit 154,000 Agenda for Change (AfC) employees including all NHS nurses, paramedics, healthcare support staff and allied health professionals.

Both the 1% rise (announced end of February) and full pay settlement, once agreed, will be backdated to 1 December 2020, ahead of the full 2021-22 AfC pay negotiations.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman said: ‘This interim step, alongside the one-off £500 bonus, should make clear that we want to support our staff regardless of the impact of the UK Government’s delay to the budget.’

However, Unite Scotland have expressed disappointment, saying the pay award has not been consulted on with trade unions or members, and that pay negotiations should start now.