Nurses enjoy biggest rises in NHS staff pay survey

Nurse pay increased the most in a survey of NHS staff earnings covering 10 professions, but not GPs.

Figures released by the NHS Information Centre on Wednesday show unqualified nurse pay rose 3% (£19,700 to £20,300) between September 2009 and September 2010.

Qualified nurses enjoyed a 2.7% rise from £33,300 to £34,200.

Healthcare assistants earned £19,100, up from £18,700 (up 2.1%).

Foundation Year 1/House Officer income increased 0.3% to £32,200.

These were the only professions to enjoy rises. Comparative figures for ambulance staff are unavailable but qualified staff earned £37,100 (down 1.6% this quarter) and unqualified £22,800 (down 0.4% this quarter).

Four other professions showed decreases: consultants (new contract) earned £119,800, consultants (old contract) £103,300, Foundation Year 2/senior house officers £42,100 (all down 1.6%) and registrars earned 0.2% less on £57,800.

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