An error has been identified in the written answer given on 19 September 2016.
The correct answer should have been:
Junior doctors already work weekends, and they will continue to be fairly rewarded for work undertaken at the weekend using the weekend allowance proposed by the British Medical Association negotiators. Comparative rates are set out in the attached table below.
Because of the allowance based approach to weekend working, the effective hourly rate juniors are paid will vary depending on how many hours they work over how many weekends. In almost all cases junior doctors will receive weekend pay better than other National Health Service professional staff.
A typical rota for a junior doctor involves an average of 6.5 hours a week being worked at weekends. (i.e. they work two long shifts of 13 hours every four weekends). This is split evenly over Saturdays and Sundays and includes night work.
For working those weekend hours the percentage hourly supplement across all the hours worked for different groups of NHS staff would be
- 66% for a junior doctor (37% for night work plus an additional 7.5% weekend allowance set as a percentage of basic pay)
- 56% for a band 3 Health Care Assistant (37% for Saturday, 74% for Sunday)
- 45% for a nurse (30% for Saturday, 60% for Sunday)
- 33% for a consultant
Weekend night shifts ending by 10am. Time plus 37%. Weekend allowance - + 10% 1in2 - + 7.5% - + 6% - + 4% - + 3% - No allowance
4hour Programmed Activity is reduced to 3 hours, effectively Time + 33%
Time + 30% Saturday time +60% Sunday
Prison officers *
Time + 17%
Shift duty covers shifts 24 hours, 7 days. No premia
Police Officers *
Time plus 10% for nights only (8pm-6am)
Call centre workers *
Between Time + 5% and Time + 40%
*Income Data Services study