NHS: Pay

Department of Health written question – answered on 25th April 2017.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of trends in the real terms pay of people working in the NHS since the introduction of pay restraint in 2011.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department carried out longitudinal studies on the earnings of medical and non-medical staff employed continuously in the National Health Service both in 2010 and 2015 which were published as part of its evidence to the independent Pay Review Bodies for the 2017/18 public sector pay round.

At Annex B of both the Department’s evidence to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration and to the NHS Pay Review Body for Agenda for Change staff, the studies show that for those staff employed in the NHS in 2010 and still employed in 2015:

- Total earnings of Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) doctors increased by an average of 3.3% each year between 2010 and 2015; and

- Total earnings of Agenda for Change increased by an average of between 1.7% and 2.9% per year, depending on staff group.

The average annual Consumer Price Index figure over the same period was 2.4%.

Note: The data relates to those staff with a record of payment on the NHS Electronic Staff Record payroll system at both March 2010 and March 2015 and is the annualised median increase in the earnings of medical and non-medical staff.

The Department’s longitudinal studies ‘Earnings change for HCHS Doctors 2010-2015 – a longitudinal study’ and ‘Earnings change for Agenda for Change contracted employees 2010-2015 – a longitudinal study’ can be accessed at:



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