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NHS Scotland is to provide all its staff, including occupational therapists, with a nine per cent pay rise spread over the next three years, the Scottish government has announced.
The deal is the most generous health service package announced so far in the UK, with 147,000 staff set to benefit.
Under the terms of the deal, those who earn up to £80,000 a year will get nine per cent over the period, while those on higher pay get a flat rate figure of £1,600 a year. Staff who are not at the top of their pay bands will also be entitled to incremental progression increases.
The deal was agreed between the Scottish government, NHS Scotland and trade unions in June, with a consultative ballot closing last week. The favourable verdict in the poll has led to the new pay deal being confirmed.
Commenting on the agreement, Scotland's health secretary Jeane Freeman said: "I’m delighted that NHS ‘Agenda for Change’ staff have voted to accept our offer of a pay rise of at least nine per cent over the next three years. This rise - which is linked to a commitment to reform some terms and conditions - will be up to 27 per cent for some staff. That is the highest health uplift in the UK."
She added that the increase will be central to aiding "recruitment and retention" efforts and help to guarantee that the NHS will still be an "attractive employment option for many".
In England, Unison recently produced a guide, published on the Royal College of Occupational Therapists website, explaining what NHS staff in England can expect.
The deal will see a restructuring of pay bands and some individuals will be better off than others, although Unison explained that the overall deal would work better for all than the current system and one per cent pay increases.
Written by Alex Franklin Stortford
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