Nurses: Pay

Health written question – answered on 7th July 2014.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation, NATO Parliamentary Assembly (President)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the starting salary of a full-time equivalent NHS nurse in York was in (a) cash and (b) real terms in 1996-97 and in each year since.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Since the introduction of Agenda for Change in October 2004, nurses who are newly qualified start at Agenda for Change band 5. Prior to Agenda for Change they started at Whitley grade D. National salary scales apply for NHS nurses in York. The starting salary for a full-time equivalent NHS nurse in cash and real terms is shown in the following table:

  Full-time national scale
  Cash terms starting salary Real terms starting salary
1996-97 11,895 17,254
1997-98 12,385 17,646
1998-99 12,855 17,972
1999-2000 14,400 19,744
2000-01 14,890 20,271
2001-02 15,445 20,470
2002-03 16,005 20,730
2003-04 16,525 20,997
2004-05 18,114 22,397
2005-06 18,698 22,705
2006-07 19,166 22,623
2007-08 19,683 22,663
2008-09 20,225 22,648
2009-10 20,710 22,572
2010-11 21,176 22,492
2011-12 21,176 21,981
2012-13 21,176 21,600
2013-14 21,388 21,388
2014-15 21,478
Notes: 1. Starting pay for a newly qualified nurse is normally the minimum of the scale applicable to basic grade qualified nurses as follows: 1996-97 to 2003-04: Whitley D grade 2004-05 o 2013-14: Agenda for Change band 5. 2. Starting pay is taken from national pay scales. 3. Figures given include any staged increases in the year in question. 4. The starting pay given for 2004-05 is the minimum of the Agenda for Change band 5 scale at the effective date of implementation of Agenda for Change on 1 October 2004. 5. The 2014-15 starting salary change is due to an adjustment to ensure all staff on spine point 5 eligible for incremental progression received at least 1% when progressing to spine point 16, which is also the current starting spine point for a newly qualified nurse. 6. The cash terms data has been converted into real terms using the latest official gross domestic product (GDP) deflator series taken from the HM Treasury website on 30 June 2014 and last updated on 20 December 2013. 7. It is not possible to convert the 2014-15 cash starting salary to real terms because of the way the GDP deflator series operates. 8. To be as up to date as possible, the real terms data is presented in 2013-14 prices. This involves using the HM Treasury forecast GDP deflator value for 2013-14.

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