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Nursing Pay in Wales

To strike or not to strike? That is the question. Catch up on our member webinar from 25 July 2022

Industrial action strike ballot

Ballots will be carried out exclusively by post, opening in England and Wales on 15 September 2022. Get ballot ready. Read more in our FAQs.

NHS Wales pay award 2022-23

The Welsh Government has announced that NHS nursing staff in Wales will get a pay increase of at least £1,400 for 2022-23. This will be a consolidated uplift to full-time equivalent salaries, enhanced for the top of Band 6 and all points of Band 7 so it is equal to a 4% uplift. This was what the Pay Review Body (PRB) had recommended. This a real-terms pay cut, given that RPI inflation is currently at 11.7%.

Following meetings with Welsh Government to discuss the PRB recommendation, Welsh Government made it clear that there was no further funding available and thus there was no further negotiations on the pay award.

We’ve been campaigning for an NHS pay rise of 5% above inflation, to help address the cost-of-living crisis, encourage people to join and stay in the nursing profession and begin to restore a decade of underpayment.

An emergency session on 22 July of your elected Council voted that members in Wales will be balloted on industrial action.

To have your say, it is important we have the most accurate details on who your employer is, and your contact details. Check these now at MyRCN.


Read our submission to the Pay Review Body

We make the case for a pay uplift 5% above inflation and explore the ongoing impact of the pandemic, the staffing crisis facing the profession and the spiralling cost of living.

Fair Pay for Nursing campaign

The RCN Fair Pay For Nursing campaign is about:

  • recognising the complexity of skill, responsibility and experience demonstrated every day, by nursing support workers, assistant practitioners, registered nurses and all members of the profession.
  • making sure that a safety critical profession can reach safe staffing levels and fill tens of thousands of unfilled nursing jobs.
  • recognising that the salaries of too many nursing professionals has not kept pace with increases to their living costs over the past decade.

Ultimately, it's about providing safe and effective care for all people of the United Kingdom.

The Fair Pay for Nursing campaign aims to secure significant pay increase for all nursing staff covered by Agenda for Change terms. Nursing deserves a pay rise that is 5% above inflation, as part of a one-year deal fully funded by HM Treasury rather than repurposing existing NHS Wales funds, that applies equally to all NHS nursing staff at all Agenda for Change pay bands.

The Fair Pay for Nursing campaign aims to secure a pay increase that is 5% higher than the cost of living. 

Costs have been spiralling at an unaffordable rate and are set to continue rising. For example, inflation – the way we measure how quickly prices are rising – stood at 7.5% in December 2021.

RCN Wales has submitted supplementary evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body for 2022 alongside the RCN's UK-wide evidence. 

The Welsh Government’s response will indicate what it believes nursing staff who work outside of the NHS deserve too. We are clear that there must be parity of pay and other terms and conditions for all nursing staff, regardless of employer.

Health is devolved, and funding our health and care system is a political choice. The Welsh Government should make the right choice now.

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Parity in the UK

Fair Pay For Nursing is a UK-wide campaign. Get the overview and find out how you can get involved where you are.

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Page last updated - 10/08/2022