National public health care workers in the UK will receive a 3% pay rise to recognize “their pandemic contribution,” according to the Department of Health, more than the 1% increase promised in March that stirred public consternation.
The pay rise will backdate to April 2021 for staff including nurses, paramedics, consultants, dentists, and salaried general practitioners. However on Tuesday, a petition with more than 800,000 signatories was delivered to Downing Street that called for a 15% pay increase for all NHS staff.
Initially offered a 1% pay rise in March this year, NHS staff, unions, and the general public argued the proposal was an unfair reflection of health workers’ contribution during the pandemic.
According to a statement from the Department of Health and Social Care on Wednesday, the government has accepted the recommendations of the independent NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) and the Review Body for Doctors’ and Dentists’ Renumeration (DDRB) and is “committed to providing NHS staff with a pay uplift in recognition of the unique impact of the pandemic on the NHS.”
For the average nurse, this will mean an additional £1,000 ($1,371) a year, while many porters and cleaners will receive around £540 more, the government said.
“NHS staff are rightly receiving a pay rise this year despite the wider public sector pay pause, in recognition of their extraordinary efforts. We asked the independent pay review bodies for their recommendations and I’m pleased to accept them in full, with a 3% pay rise for all staff in scope, from doctors and nurses to paramedics and porters," Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said.