In November 2021 Health Minister Robin Swann announced a pay increase for NHS staff. The announcement stated that all Agenda for Change staff working in Health and Social Care will receive a 3% award which was recommended by the NHS Pay Review Body.
According to the Department of Health, the award will see HSC pay points increase by 3% and will be backdated to 1 April 2021. The award represents an estimated increase of approximately £88.24million on the Agenda for Change pay bill.
At the time Health Minister Robin Swann said:
“I want to once again place on record my gratitude and admiration to all who work in our health and social care system. So many staff have worked extremely long hours under enormous pressure during the pandemic. Staff are the backbone of our health and social care services and I want to recognise their continued professionalism in delivering high-quality effective care to people across Northern Ireland.”
The Health Minister continued:
“Following receipt in recent weeks of additional funding, I can now confirm that I will implement this year’s recommended pay award for Agenda for Change staff. This will be a 3% increase on all AfC pay points, backdated to 1 April 2021, and ensures pay parity with England is maintained. I will impress upon BSO the importance of ensuring this award and the payment of associated back pay is progressed as quickly as possible.”
Clanrye News and Sport can reveal that this pay rise will be included in Januarys pay for NHS staff.
Speaking to Clanrye News and Sport a spokesperson for the Department of Health said:
“BSO is working to progress the implementation of the award and the payment of associated back pay as quickly as possible with a view to staff on Agenda for Change receiving their increase in January salaries.”