The Scottish Government has supported public sector workers through a difficult time of pay restraint with additional measures to tackle low pay. All NHS staff in Scotland have been paid at least the real Living Wage since 2011 and nurses, across all bands, are paid better in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK.
The pay cap, while never desirable, was necessary to protect jobs and services. But with inflation on the rise, it is not sustainable. Our nurses, teachers, police officers and fire fighters deserve a fairer deal for the future. Indeed, the need to recruit the staff that our public services depend on also demands a new approach.
The Finance Secretary lifted the cap on public sector wage increases in the 2018-19 Budget. NHS Scotland staff will be offered at least a 9% pay rise over the next three years – the highest NHS pay uplift being offered in the UK.