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Our case

A pay rise for the NHS is:


  • The UK economy is strong and resilient. The successful development and rollout of vaccines has led economists to upgrade the UK’s GDP forecast and economic outlook.
  • Economists from around the world are encouraging continued spending through the pandemic as a way to protect the global economy.
  • The cost of Government borrowing is now at an all-time low, the cost of servicing Government debt is more than sustainable.

Economically sensible

  • Increasing pay for public sector workers is a sensible and effective way to support the UK economy, boosting spending in every community in every part of the UK.
  • The Treasury will benefit from increased tax revenues, and reduced reliance on other forms of income support, including benefits, the return of employee pension contributions, as well as reap the economic benefits of getting people to spend money again.
  • Independent analysis by London Economics showed that increasing the Agenda for Change pay bill by 10% has a net cost of just £0.66bn to the Treasury.

Necessary to support the NHS

  • A substantial pay rise for the NHS workforce is a necessary investment in the future of the NHS. The NHS has systemic workforce challenges, with vacancy rates consistently above 100,000, an overreliance on expensive bank and agency staff and intention to leave amongst staff growing.
  • The NHS needs a well-motivated workforce, to deal with the triple challenges of undertaking the country’s largest ever vaccination programme; supporting the rehabilitation of patients recovering from Covid-19; and working to reduce the backlog of cases in the system.
  • Building an NHS workforce fit for the future is a priority. The ability of the UK to rely on overseas recruitment to fill staffing gaps will be limited by a triple whammy of global demand for staff, new UK immigration policies, and the impact of the UK leaving the European Union.


  • NHS Staff have been at the forefront of the war against Covid-19. They have put their lives on the line day after day, in defence of the nation and in the line of duty.
  • Staff have gone above and beyond their contractual obligations, working overtime, both paid and unpaid, aware of the huge responsibility and trust that the country has placed in them.
  • The pandemic has had a severe impact on staff, they are under huge amounts of pressure, exhausted, traumatized and struggling with their mental health.
  • The public sector remains the poor relation when it comes to pay. Since 2010 average weekly pay in the private sector pay has grown 22%, compared to just 17% in the public sector.

Supported by the public

The Public have consistently supported giving NHS workers a pay rise. A ComRes Poll conducted in January 2021 found 86% of the public supported a pay rise for NHS staff, and 68% supported increasing public spending to fund a pay rise.