Northern Ireland Announces Pay Increases For Healthcare Professionals
Pay Increases For Healthcare Professional
Health Minister, Paul Goggins announced that pay awards for healthcare professionals in Northern Ireland will match NHS pay awards.
In line with the rest of the public sector, the implementation of awards over 1.5 per cent will be staged, with 1.5 per cent paid at 1 April 2007 and the remainder being paid from 1 November.
The pay awards, which are for the year 2007/2008, follow the recommendations made by the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body and the Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals Review Body.
The Minister said: "Healthcare professionals in Northern Ireland will receive the same pay increases as their colleagues in the NHS. Overall earnings growth in the health and social care service will be around 4.5 per cent in 2007/08 as a result of this pay award, the Government's pay reforms and opportunities for career progression.
"I appreciate that nurses and other health professions would prefer to have the complete award right away, however, nurses in particular, can expect their average earnings to rise by 4.9 per cent next year. It is also expected that inflation across the year will be lower than it is now."