Chancellor Announces ‘Above-Inflation’ Pay Rise For Public Sector Workers – But Not Nurses

By Rachael Grealish

Almost one million public sector workers will receive a pay rise from today – including doctors and teachers, but not nurses.

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced today, Tuesday July 21, there would be an ‘above-inflation’ pay rise for almost 900,000 people.

With inflation currently just 0.6 percent, the biggest increase goes to teachers, followed by doctors and dentists, who will receive 3.1 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively.

Police, prison officers and staff at the National Crime Agency – unofficially known as ‘Britain’s FBI’, will see their pay rise by 2.5 percent and judges, top civil servants and military top brass by 2 percent. 

The Chancellor said the pay rise came after the ‘vital contribution’ people in the public sector have made during the COVID crisis. 

He said: “These past months have underlined what we always knew, that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them.

“It’s right, therefore, that we follow the recommendations of the independent pay bodies with this set of real-terms pay rises.”

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock also released a statement saying: “These past few months have been an incredibly challenging time for our NHS, and the resolve, professionalism and dedication of staff has been on show throughout. 

“We are able to accept the recommendations of the independent pay review body for dentists and doctors. 

“I am committed to supporting the entire NHS and social care workforce through improved recruitment and retention and delivering 50,000 more nurses and 6,000 more doctors in general practice.”

Although Hancock mentioned nurses in his statement, the ‘above-inflation’ doesn’t include nurses.

This is allegedly down to the negotiated three-year deal, worth 6.5 percent, after staff voted in favour of the offer.

However, this has caused backlash as the Royal College of Nursing commented on the public sector pay announcement, saying it is ‘not acceptable’.

Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said: “Nursing staff have witnessed great public support and now need to feel the same from the government. Telling them to wait until next year is not acceptable – nursing staff deserve a fair pay rise now.

“The RCN, along with 13 other health unions, wrote to ministers several weeks ago asking for discussions on a fully-funded pay rise for NHS staff. The government needs to initiate that conversation without delay and conduct it on the basis of facts.

“In this year, of all years, it is time to value these professionals and begin to fill the tens of thousands of vacant posts.”

The rise does also not apply to junior doctors, who agreed a new four-year pay deal last year.