New detailed analysis about NHS staff pay in England released for first time today

Average basic pay among NHS staff rose slightly in 2012 but by a smaller amount than in 2011, according to experimental data published for the first time today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

In the 12 months to September 2012, average basic pay for a full time worker was £29,316 – a £379 (1.3 per cent) rise on the 12 months to September 2011. This compares to an £722 (2.6 per cent) increase between 2010 and 2011.

While HSCIC has published quarterly earnings data since 2007; today’s report presents provisional information by 12 month period and provides different forms of data analysis by staff group within NHS hospital and community health services (excluding general practice and dental staff). In addition to estimates for Basic Pay according to Full Time Equivalent (FTE), the publication includes basic pay and overall earnings figures and also includes for the first time an analysis of additional payments per person.

Please note, as well as changes to individuals’ pay, the figures will reflect changes to the composition of staff group samples in different 12 month periods – such as relative pay levels of joiners and leavers. Also, although a two year pay freeze came into effect in April 2011 for NHS staff (with those on pay below £21,000 given a £250 increase each year), some staff will have moved up to the next incremental pay point within their Agenda for Change band within a 12 month period.

The following provisional figures relate to average full time equivalent (FTE) basic pay for a 12 month period to September of the given year. In 2012:

Hospital doctors (including consultants and registars, excluding locum doctors)

Average basic pay was £58,456 – a £784 (1.4 per cent) rise on 2011 and more than the £622 (1.1 per cent) increase between 2010 and 2011.

Of the different staff groups within this overall group:

There were no falls in average basic pay.

The greatest percentage increase between 2011 and 2012 was among “hospital practicioners and other clinical staff”, who saw a 1.6 per cent (£1,030) rise to £65,875.

Qualified nurses, midwives and health visitors

Average basic pay was £30,481 – a £216 (0.7 per cent) rise on 2011 and less than the £638 (2.2 per cent) increase between 2010 and 2011.

Of the different staff groups within this overall group:

There were no falls in basic pay, except midwifery average pay between 2011 and 2012 when rounded equates to 0.0 per cent, or a £12 decrease to £32,326.

The greatest percentage increase between 2011 and 2012 was among school nurses, who saw a 1.2 per cent (£391) rise to £32,232.

NHS Infrastructure support (including managers, estates and central functions)

Average basic pay was £27,270 – a £382 (1.4 per cent) rise on 2011 and less than the £706 (2.7 per cent) increase between 2010 and 2011.

Of the different staff groups within this overall group:

There were no falls in basic pay.

The greatest percentage increase between 2011 and 2012 was among senior managers, who saw a 2.0 per cent (£1,459) rise to £74,654.

Qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff

Average basic pay was £34,354 – a £146 (0.4 per cent) rise on 2011 and less than the £666 (2.0 per cent) increase between 2010 and 2011.

Of the different staff groups within this overall group:

There was a slight fall in basic pay between 2011 and 2012 for speech and language staff of £41 (0.1 per cent) to £35,001.

The greatest percentage increase between 2011 and 2012 was among healthcare scientists, who saw a 0.8 per cent (£281) rise to £35,051.

Support to clinical staff

Average basic pay was £18,351- a £285 (1.6 per cent) rise on 2011 and less than the £533 (3.0 per cent) increase between 2010 and 2011.

Of the different staff groups within this overall group:

There were no falls in average basic pay.

The greatest percentage increase between 2011 and 2012 was among ambulance support staff, who saw a 2.0 per cent (£371) rise to £18,934.

Qualified ambulance staff

Average basic pay was £26,446 – a £147 (0.6 per cent) rise on 2011 and less than the £416 (1.6 per cent) increase between 2010 and 2011. There are no different staff groups below this group.

HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said: “As the NHS employs more than a million people in England, its composition is obviously of great interest to the health service and public alike.

“Today’s figures are intended to provide new insight into the average earnings of this workforce, which of course contains a complex mix of differing grades of experience and working patterns.

“Although they are experimental, the figures do point to a small increase in average basic pay for most staff groups between 2011 and 2012.”

The report is at: www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/staffearnjulsep12

Today’s report is based on samples sizes within staff groups. HSCIC also publishes a separate monthly statistical report providing provisional total staff numbers. The latest report is available at www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/provmonthlyhchsworkforcesep12

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