NHS staff in Scotland are being offered a pay rise of at least 4%, the Scottish government has said.
It said the increase would benefit 154,000 NHS Agenda for Change employees – including nurses, paramedics, allied health professionals, as well as domestic, healthcare support staff, porters and other frontline health workers.
The move is in recognition of their “service and dedication” during the coronavirus pandemic, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said.
She said the average pay of a frontline NHS nurse would rise by over £1,200 a year.
The pay offer will be backdated to 1 December last year.
Staff on pay bands 1 to 7 would receive at least a 4% pay rise compared with 2020/21, with workers earning less than £25,000 in 2020/21 guaranteed a minimum increase of more than £1,000 in 2021/22.
This means staff on the lowest pay point would get a 5.4% rise. Those on the highest pay points would receive uplifts of £800.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted on Wednesday night: “Our NHS staff deserve more than applause and 1% is not enough.
The move comes after Ms Sturgeon in November announced a one-off £500 thank you bonus payment for all health and social care workers.