Government explains new NHS pay system

The Government has published a booklet for NHS staff explaining the new pay system Agenda for Change.

The booklet contains new information and details changes to the pay system that have been made following the review of the Early Implementer sites during the summer.

One of the biggest benefits for staff will be that Agenda for Change will provide a new NHS minimum wage of £5.69 per hour effective from 1 October 2004. This represents an increase of 93 pence per hour in the pay of some 22,000 NHS workers.

At the top end of the pay structure there is a new top pay band, with a maximum salary of 83,546 for the most senior staff.

Agenda for Change will come into operation on 1 December.

The staff booklet can be found on the Department of Health website under the modernising pay section at

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