Local MP welcomes public sector pay rises

Julian Knight MP has welcomed the news that hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are in line for an above-inflation pay rise.

The announcement includes the Armed Forces, teachers, police officers, the National Crime Agency, prison Officers, doctors and dentists, the Judiciary, senior civil servants and senior military personnel.

Nearly 900,000 workers will benefit across the country, with teachers and doctors seeing the largest rise at 3.1% and 2.8% respectively recognising their efforts on the frontline during the battle against COVID-19.

This pay rise follows the settlement for more than one million NHS workers who continue to benefit from the three-year Agenda for Change pay deal, under which the starting pay for a newly qualified nurse has increased by over 12% since 2017/18.

This means nurses who are still moving up their pay structures will receive an average 4.4% rise this year. There are 12,220 more nurses and health visitors working for the NHS compared to last year.

Commenting on the news, Julian Knight said:

“Front-line public sector workers have risen magnificently to the challenges of coronavirus over the past few months. Not only have they been treating the sick, but many have also continued to risk their health working essential jobs whilst the rest of us were locked down.

“I’m proud that the Government is making sure that their vital contributions are valued and rewarded.”