Information on the Huntercombe Group pay offer

This offer relates to all staff employed by the Huntercombe Group in Scotland and England.

The RCN has been campaigning for Fair Pay For Nursing and believe it is our members who should decide on any pay offer. The consultation runs from 12th July to 6th August 2021.

An information pack has been sent to members along with a ballot paper. You can also contact Leigh Murray, National Officer at Leigh.Murray@rcn.org.uk or phone 0131 662 6188.

RCN have sent ballots, using the contact details we have for you – please call RCND on 0345 772 6100 to make sure that your details are correct, and request that a ballot paper and information pack is sent to you.

The RCN recommends that members reject the Huntercombe Group pay offer.

The RCN Trade Union Committee, which is made up of elected representatives of the RCN membership, considered the offer and the pros and cons of recommending members accept or reject. The collective view, in light of the RCN’s Fair Pay for Nursing campaign, was to recommend the offer be rejected by members.

It is important now though, that members across the UK working at the Huntercombe Group have their say on whether to reject or accept the offer.

Nursing is a highly-skilled profession that requires the pay to match it. This is equally true for charitable, third sector and independent employers as it is for the NHS. Only by paying a fair salary for the role will all health and care settings be able to recruit adequately and provide high quality care.

The result will be considered by the RCN Trade Union Committee, which is made up of elected representatives of the RCN membership. They will collectively confirm the RCN’s formal response to the pay offer, which will be reported back to the Huntercombe Group.

If RCN members vote to accept the offer, we will notify the Huntercombe Group that RCN members accept the pay offer. If RCN members vote to reject the pay offer, we will seek to negotiate an improved offer with the Huntercombe Group. We would then consult with members again on any new offer once it is made.

This ballot is to decide whether members accept or reject the pay offer from the Huntercombe Group. It is not a ballot over Industrial Action. If members vote to reject the pay offer, we will try to negotiate an improved offer on members' behalf. We would then seek member views on any further offers through further consultative ballots. In the event that we are unsuccessful in persuading the Huntercombe Group to improve their offer, or if members reject all further offers, then at that point we would seek member views on how they would like us to proceed.

It is only at that point that Industrial Action would be considered. The RCN would only ever take Industrial Action if that was what the majority of members supported through a formal Industrial Action ballot which is a separate statutory process.

The ask of the RCN Fair Pay for Nursing campaign is 12. 5% for all bands on Agenda for Change in the NHS.

The RCN’s position on any of our members employed in the independent sectors, including those employed by the Huntercombe Group, remains that registered nurses and nursing support workers employed by independent employers should be paid at least the same level as their counterparts in the NHS. We anticipate that improvements in NHS pay may have a positive effect on pay in other sectors.

The effect on an individual’s benefit depends on individual circumstances and the type of benefit. Members who are on means-tested benefits, such as universal credit, should consider the implications of the Huntercombe Group pay offer before voting to reject or accept it in the RCN’s consultative ballot.

To check your benefit situation, call the Citizens Advice Helpline on 0800 144 8848 (England), 0800 028 1456 (Scotland), Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Calls are free.

The offer is a gross figure and you need to take deductions into account when considering the pay offer.

Pay is subject to tax and national insurance contributions. Members should check the current income tax and national insurance rates to assess how the pay offer will affect their take-home pay.

Rises in pensionable pay are also subject to increases in pension deductions. Find out more about pension contributions.

This consultative ballot being conducted by the RCN is anonymous. Neither the RCN nor the Huntercombe Group will know which members voted in the ballot nor how they voted.

Members of pension schemes pay a proportion of their wages into their pension, as does their employer. The pension these members receive is determined by how much is paid into this pension and how it is invested by the pension provider. For most members in any pension schemes, receiving a higher wage may to lead to a larger pension, but exactly what the impact of this pay offer will be will depend on individual members’ circumstances.

The RCN cannot give members individual advice on the impact of this pay offer on their pension. Members who wish to know more about their pension should consult their pension provider in the first instance and then take up financial advice if necessary.