Nurses: Pay:Written question - 202892

Q
Asked by Hugh Bayley
(York Central)
Asked on: 27 June 2014
Department of Health
Nurses: Pay
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the starting salary of a full-time equivalent NHS nurse in York was in (a) cash and (b) real terms in 1996-97 and in each year since.
A
Answered by: Dr Daniel Poulter
Answered on: 07 July 2014

Since the introduction of Agenda for Change in October 2004, nurses who are newly qualified start at Agenda for Change Band 5. Prior to Agenda for Change they started at Whitley Grade D. National salary scales apply for NHS nurses in York. The starting salary for a full-time equivalent NHS nurse in cash and real terms is shown in the following table.

Year

Cash Terms Starting Salary (£)

(Full Time)

(National Scale)

Real Terms Starting Salary (£)

(Full Time)

(National Scale)

1996-97

11,895

17,254

1997-98

12,385

17,646

1998-99

12,855

17,972

1999-00

14,400

19,744

2000-01

14,890

20,271

2001-02

15,445

20,470

2002-03

16,005

20,730

2003-04

16,525

20,997

2004-05

18,114

22,397

2005-06

18,698

22,705

2006-07

19,166

22,623

2007-08

19,683

22,663

2008-09

20,225

22,648

2009-10

20,710

22,572

2010-11

21,176

22,492

2011-12

21,176

21,981

2012-13

21,176

21,600

2013-14

21,388

21,388

2014-15

21,478

Notes:

1. Starting pay for a newly qualified nurse is normally the minimum of the scale applicable to basic grade qualified nurses as follows:

1996-97 to 2003-04: Whitley D Grade

2004-05 o 2013-14: Agenda for Change Band 5

2. Starting pay is taken from national pay scales.

3. Figures given include any staged increases in the year in question.

4. The starting pay given for 2004-05 is the minimum of the Agenda for Change Band 5 scale at the effective date of implementation of Agenda for Change on 1 October 2004.

5. The 2014-15 starting salary change is due to an adjustment to ensure all staff on Spine Point 15 eligible for incremental progression received at least 1% when progressing to Spine Point 16, which is also the current starting Spine Point for a newly qualified nurse.

6. The cash terms data has been converted into real terms using the latest official Gross Domestic Product (GDP) deflator series taken from the HM Treasury website on 30 June 2014 and last updated on 20 December 2013.

7. It is not possible to convert the 2014-15 cash starting salary to real terms because of the way the GDP deflator series operates.

8. To be as up to date as possible, the real terms data is presented in 2013-14 prices. This involves using the HM Treasury forecast GDP deflator value for 2013-14.

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