NHS workers set for bumper pay rise
Ministers will finally draw a line under the public sector pay cap today as a new NHS deal is unveiled.
Workers in the health service are in line for an average 6.5 per cent rise over three years, while the lowest paid could get up to 30 per cent.
The move marks the end of seven years of tough restraint as the government fought to balance the books in the wake of the credit crunch.
The deal will be structured to give higher rises to the lowest paid.
Pay bands will be changed so that workers can move more quickly through their pay grade.
The NHS has nine different pay bands, ranging from £15,000 a year for porters, cleaners and kitchen staff to more than £100,000 for senior managers.
A nurse starts on band five, with an initial salary of £22,000.
The highest paid frontline position is band eight, which attracts salaries of up to £80,000 a year.
It is thought those on the lowest salaries could see their pay rise by £4,000.