National pay award 2021/22
(Agenda for Change & Medical and Dental employees)
The national NHS pay award for Agenda for Change and Medical employees has been confirmed with effect from 1 April 2021. The rise is 3% for the majority of employees. This will be implemented in your September salary. Any arrears owed to you will also be paid in your September salary, backdated to 1 April 2021.
Further information on the pay award can be found on the NHS Employers website.
Changes to annual leave payments
The method of calculating annual leave pay for AFC Bands 1 to 9 is changing. Earlier this year the national NHS Staff Council and Trade Unions agreed that annual leave payments should also include a payment in respect of overtime (and additional hours up to full time for part time workers), alongside any unsocial enhancement payments you may already receive. You may have heard about this being referred to as the Flowers case.
Currently the majority of our staff are paid what is called a WTD payment when they work enhanced hours or additional hours (part-time staff), these payments are in lieu of the annual leave entitlement. This does not include payments on overtime hours.
To compensate those that regularly work overtime it has been agreed nationally that staff employed on pay Bands 1 to 9 may now be eligible for a one-off arrears payment, subject to qualifying criteria.
What this means for you
This applies to staff under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions (Band 1 to 9). It does not apply to Doctors, Dentists, very senior managers or bank staff.
The qualifying criteria to be eligible for payment is that you need to have been paid overtime in at least 4 months in either of the 2 previous financial years (April 2019 to March 2020 and April 2020 to March 2021).
Arrears payments for eligible staff will be made in the September 2021 payroll. The payment is non-consolidated and non-pensionable and will be subject to deductions for income tax and national insurance contributions and other usual deductions. These payments will be calculated and made automatically, you do not need to do anything further.
If you are in receipt of any government benefits, allowances, tax-credits etc, please be aware that changes to your income can impact on your payments.
Detailed information about the consultation, the eligibility criteria and the agreement can be found on the NHS Employers website.