NHS pay talks 2023/24

UNISON negotiators are meeting the Scottish government on Thursday 19 January to open pay talks.

The 2022/23 pay deal which UNISON NHS members voted to accept agreed that talks “relating future pay and related conditions of service will commence as soon as is practically possible following conclusion of the 2022/23 pay deal”

Early discussions are likely to centre around some early principles, areas of concern and mechanisms for further talks. Although this sounds technical it is an important part of the process. We welcome the fact that we are staring our discussions early. We will keep you updated.

UNISON negotiators will be making it absolutely clear that we expect both short and long term measures to tackle the staffing crisis, that staff are working in a very stressful environment and burn out is a genuine problem, that members working in the NHS are feeling the real impact of the cost of living crisis, we want to secure the gains we have made for lower paid staff in recent years, and also must address issues including fair pay increases for all grades and professions.

Message from Wilma Brown, chair of UNISON Scotland Health Committee

We want all UNISON members to know talks with the Scottish government started pm 19 January 2023 talks – for NHS pay 2023/24.

A key part of last year’s NHS pay deal was a commitment by government to open the 2023/24 pay talks without delay. We welcome that the government have reached out to begin talks early.

UNISON will be a key player in talks today and trade unions are also talking to each other to make sure all staff are fully represented. We will work to secure a meaningful pay rise for UNISON members as early as possible in 2023.

As a nurse and as chair of UNISON’s health committee I know that NHS staff are feeling the real impact of the cost-of-living crisis and NHS staffing crisis. We will work throughout the year to make your voice is heard and campaign hard to improve pay and conditions in the NHS in Scotland.

It is important that we try to secure a deal which protects the low pay gains we have made in recent years, but also secures fair pay increases across all grades and professions.
It will take time to have the first details of an offer for you, but as always UNISON members will be kept informed and consulted at all significant stages in the negotiations. And you will have the final decision.

Thank you for everything you do for the NHS and our union. We hope to have positive news soon.

Last year’s NHS pay deal and what it meant for you?

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NHS staff should be receiving last years pay increase (2022/23 uplift) in their January salary and back pay in February salary.

The final pay offer for 2022/23 (last year) increased the NHS pay bill in Scotland by over £500m and average of 7.5%.

It meant salary bands 1-4 receive a flat rate payment of £2,205, and salary bands 5 to 7 get pay increases ranging from £2,280 to £2,660. Band 8A would get a 5% increase.

NHS pay increases would range from 11.24% for the bottom of band 2 to 5.56% for the top of salary band 7.