More than one million NHS staff, including nurses, paramedics and midwives, will get a pay rise of at least £1,400 with lowest earners to receive up to 9.3 per cent, the Government has said.
Eligible dentists and doctors will receive 4.5 per cent and police officers 5 per cent, ministers confirmed.
Health unions said the announcement amounts to a real terms pay cut - but the Government said it had accepted recommendations from the independent NHS pay review bodies in full.
The lowest earners, such as porters and cleaners, will see a 9.3 oper cent increase in their basic pay this year, compared to last year, said the Department for Health.
The average basic pay for nurses will increase from around £35,600 as of March 2022 to around £37,000. Newly qualified nurses will see their pay increase from £25,655 last year to £27,055.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said: “We welcome an increase in pay for hardworking and overstretched NHS staff beyond the 3 per cent uplift originally budgeted for.
“However, NHS and public health leaders cannot be put into the impossible position of having to choose which services they will cut back on in order to fund the additional rise.
“NHS employers have only been allocated enough money to award staff a 3 per cent rise, so unless the extra increase is funded by the Treasury, very worryingly this will have to be drawn from existing budgets and will mean an estimated unplanned £1.8 billion shortfall.”
Meanwhile, experienced teachers will get a 5 per cent pay rise after recommendations from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB).
Both the NASUWT and NEU teaching unions, which have threatened strikes in autumn over pay, have said the proposed increase of 5 per cent for more experienced staff is too low.
The NEU has said it will now consult its members on strike action in the autumn.