Pay Rates

Agenda for Change Pay Rates

View the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook known as Agenda for Change for the full terms and conditions of NHS employment.


The table below shows the values of the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service (Agenda for Change) pay points from 1 April 2018. Full details of the pay arrangements are available in the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook.

Spine points are no longer used following the 2018 changes to the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service, but for ease of reference the table below contains the previous spine point that corresponds to the new pay structure value.

Previous Pay Values 17/18 NHS Terms and Conditions of Service 2018
Pay Values
Band Existing Paypoint Numbers 2017/18 Band Years of experience 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Band 1 2 £15,404 Band 1 < 1 year £17,460 £17,652 £18,005
TOP 3 £15,671   1+ years £17,460 £17,652 £18,005
Band 2 2 £15,404 Band 2 < 1 year £17,460 £17,652 £18,005
  3 £15,671   1-2 years £17,460 £17,652 £18,005
  4 £16,104   2-3 years £17,460 £17,652 £19,337
  5 £16,536   3-4 years £17,460 £17,652 £19,337
  6 £16,968   4-5 years £17,460 £17,652 £19,337
  7 £17,524   5-6 years £17,787 £17,983 £19,337
TOP 8 £18,157   6+ years £18,702 £19,020 £19,337
Band 3 6 £16,968 Band 3 < 1 year £17,787 £18,813 £19,737
  7 £17,524   1-2 years £17,787 £18,813 £19,737
  8 £18,157   2-3 years £18,429 £18,813 £21,142
  9 £18,333   3-4 years £18,608 £18,813 £21,142
  10 £18,839   4-5 years £19,122 £19,332 £21,142
  11 £19,409   5-6 years £19,700 £19,917 £21,142
TOP 12 £19,852   6+ years £20,448 £20,795 £21,142
Band 4 11 £19,409 Band 4 < 1 year £20,150 £21,089 £21,892
  12 £19,852   1-2 years £20,150 £21,089 £21,892
  13 £20,551   2-3 years £20,859 £21,089 £21,892
  14 £21,263   3-4 years £21,582 £21,819 £24,157
  15 £21,909   4-5 years £22,238 £22,482 £24,157
  16 £22,128   5-6 years £22,460 £22,707 £24,157
TOP 17 £22,683   6+ years £23,363 £23,761 £24,157
Band 5 16 £22,128 Band 5 < 1 year £23,023 £24,214 £24,907
  17 £22,683   1-2 years £23,023 £24,214 £24,907
  18 £23,597   2-3 years £23,951 £24,214 £26,970
  19 £24,547   3-4 years £24,915 £26,220 £26,970
  20 £25,551   4-5 years £25,934 £26,220 £27,416
  21 £26,565   5-6 years £26,963 £27,260 £27,416
  22 £27,635   6-7 years £28,050 £28,358 £30,615
TOP 23 £28,746   7+ years £29,608 £30,112 £30,615
Band 6 21 £26,565 Band 6 < 1 year £28,050 £30,401 £31,365
  22 £27,635   1-2 years £28,050 £30,401 £31,365
  23 £28,746   2-3 years £29,177 £30,401 £33,176
  24 £29,626   3-4 years £30,070 £32,525 £33,176
  25 £30,661   4-5 years £31,121 £32,525 £33,176
  26 £31,696   5-6 years £32,171 £32,525 £33,779
  27 £32,731   6-7 years £33,222 £33,587 £33,779
  28 £33,895   7-8 years £34,403 £34,782 £37,890
TOP 29 £35,577   8+ years £36,644 £37,267 £37,890
Band 7 26 £31,696 Band 7 < 1 year £33,222 £37,570 £38,890
  27 £32,731   1-2 years £33,222 £37,570 £38,890
  28 £33,895   2-3 years £34,403 £37,570 £40,894
  29 £35,577   3-4 years £36,111 £37,570 £40,894
  30 £36,612   4-5 years £37,161 £38,765 £40,894
  31 £37,777   5-6 years £38,344 £38,765 £41,723
  32 £39,070   6-7 years £39,656 £40,092 £41,723
  33 £40,428   7-8 years £41,034 £41,486 £44,503
TOP 34 £41,787   8+ years £43,041 £43,772 £44,503
Band 8A 33 £40,428 Band 8A < 1 year £42,414 £44,606 £45,753
  34 £41,787   1-2 years £42,414 £44,606 £45,753
  35 £43,469   2-3 years £44,121 £44,606 £45,753
  36 £45,150   3-4 years £45,827 £46,331 *£45,753
  37 £47,092   4-5 years £47,798 £48,324 *£45,753
TOP 38 £48,514   5+ years £49,969 £50,819 £51,668
Band 8B 37 £47,092 Band 8B < 1 year £49,242 £52,306 £53,168
  38 £48,514   1-2 years £49,242 £52,306 £53,168
  39 £50,972   2-3 years £51,737 £52,306 £53,168
  40 £53,818   3-4 years £54,625 £55,226 *£53,168
  41 £56,665   4-5 years £57,515 £58,148 *£53,168
TOP 42 £58,217   5+ years £59,964 £60,983 £62,001
Band 8C 41 £56,665 Band 8C < 1 year £59,090 £61,777 £63,751
  42 £58,217   1-2 years £59,090 £61,777 £63,751
  43 £60,202   2-3 years £61,105 £61,777 £63,751
  44 £63,021   3-4 years £63,966 £64,670 *£63,751
  45 £67,247   4-5 years £68,256 £69,007 *£63,751
TOP 46 £69,168   5+ years £71,243 £72,597 £73,664
Band 8D 45 £67,247 Band 8D < 1 year £70,206 £73,936 £75,914
  46 £69,168   1-2 years £70,206 £73,936 £75,914
  47 £72,051   2-3 years £73,132 £73,936 £75,914
  48 £75,573   3-4 years £76,707 £77,550 *£75,914
  49 £79,415   4-5 years £80,606 £81,493 *£75,914
TOP 50 £83,258   5+ years £85,333 £86,687 £87,754
Band 9 49 £79,415 Band 9 < 1 year £84,507 £89,537 £91,004
  50 £83,258   1-2 years £84,507 £89,537 £91,004
  51 £87,254   2-3 years £88,563 £89,537 £91,004
  52 £91,442   3-4 years £92,814 £93,835 *£91,004
  53 £95,832   4-5 years £97,269 £98,339 *£91,004
TOP 54 £100,431   5+ years £102,506 £103,860 £104,927
2. This pay scale should be read in conjunction with part 2 – section 1: Pay structure (England)
  1. In year 2020/21, additional monthly consolidated cash payments will be paid to these points in bands 8 and 9. See table 10(b) – One off consolidated cash payments to specific points in Bands 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d and 9 for 2020/21.

  2. Existing staff will retain their existing incremental date (pay step date) throughout transition. On their pay step date it is expected that all staff will move to the next pay point reflecting their additional complete year of experience (if they have not already benefited from deletion of a pay point). Where employers have arrangements in place as a result of the 2013 changes, progression can be withheld where staff are not meeting the required standards.

From 1 April 2018

  1. From 1 April 2018, points will be removed from the bottom of the pay band in order to start the process of removing the overlaps between bands. For 2018/19 the bottom overlap point is removed from each band, the exception being band 2 where the bottom three points have been removed. The restructuring of band 1 is complete from 1 April 2018.

  2. Band 1 will close to new starters from 1 December 2018.

  3. Further substantive pay points are removed from the pay structure on 1 April 2019 and 1 April 2020.

  4. A minimum rate of £17,460 is introduced from 1 April 2018.

  5. From 1 April 2018 the top pay points in band 2 – 8c have been increased by three per cent. The top pay points in bands 8d and 9 have been increased by the monetary value of the increase to band 8c.

  6. Where the table shows duplicate values within the same pay band, this indicates that pay points have been removed.

From 1 April 2019

Table 10 (a) – One off non-consolidated cash payments for 19/20

 

Top of Band Years of experience 2019/20
Band 2 7 £209
Band 3 7 £229
Band 4 7 £261
Band 5 8 £331
Band 6 9 £410
Band 7 9 £481
Band 8A 6 £559
Band 8B 6 £671
Band 8C 6 £799
Band 8D 6 £799
Band 9 6 £799

 

11. From 1 April 2019 further restructuring of the pay bands will take place. Two further points will be removed from the bottom of band 3, one point will be removed from the bottom of band 4, two points will be removed from the bottom of Band 5, three points will be removed from the bottom of band 6 and band 7, and one point will be removed from the bottom of Bands 8a – 9.
12. The top pay point in band 2-8c will be increased by 1.7 per cent. The top pay points in bands 8d and 9 will be increased by the monetary value of the increase to band 8c.
  1. Where the table shows duplicate values within the same pay band, this indicates that pay points have been removed.

  2. Staff employed on the top pay point in their pay band on 31 March 2019 shall receive a one off non-consolidated cash lump sum in their April 2019 pay. The value of this lump sum for staff on bands 2 – 8c will be 1.1 per cent of the value of the top pay point in the individual’s pay band. For staff on bands 8d and 9 the non-consolidated lump sum will be the same value as that given to band 8c.

 

From 1 April 2020

  1. From 1 April 2020 further restructuring of the pay bands will take place.

 

  1. One further point will be removed from the bottom of band 2, two further points will be removed from the bottom of band 3, and three further points will be removed from the bottom of Band 4. The restructuring of band 2-4 will be complete from 1 April 2020.

 

  1. One further point will be removed from the bottom of band 5, 6 and 7. From 1 April 2020 these bands will have 4 unique points, but one point in each band will be a transitional point, which will cease to exist on 1 April 2021. For band 5, 6 and 7, the restructuring of these bands will be complete on 1 April 2021, when the transitional points are removed.

 

  1. Two further points are removed from the bottom of band 8a – 9. The restructuring of band 8a-9 will be complete from 1 April 2020.

 

  1. The top pay points in band 2-8c will be increased by 1.67 per cent. The top pay points in bands 8d and 9 will be increased by the monetary value of the increase to band 8c.

 

  1. Where the table shows duplicate values within the same pay band, this indicates that pay points have been removed.

 

  1. Staff on the following transitional pay points on 31 March 2021 will move to the next pay point up on 1 April 2021:
  • £27,416 (Band 5)
  • £33,779 (Band 6)
  • £41,723 (Band 7)
  1. Salary points in Table 10 denoted with an asterisk will, in pay year 2020/21, receive additional one off consolidated payments set out in Table 10 (b) in 2020/21. These will be paid in monthly instalments and pro-rata to the date of the individual moving to the denoted salary points.

Table 10 (b) – One off consolidated cash payments to specific points in Bands 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d and 9.

 

Band Years of experience Basic pay as per the pay structure in 2020/21 One off consolidated payments (paid in monthly instalments pro-rata) in 2020/21 Total pay in 2020/21 for existing staff
8a 4 45,753 765 46,518
  5 45,753 2,766 48,519
8b 4 53,168 2,282 55,450
  5 53,168 5,215 58,383
8c 4 63,751 1,180 64,931
  5 63,751 5,534 69,285
8d 4 75,914 1,949 77,863
  5 75,914 5,907 81,821
9 4 91,004 3,209 94,213
  5 91,004 7,732 98,736

 

Additional guidance is available which describes how to read a pay journey from the pay scales.


Annex 9: High cost area supplements from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021

Area 1 April 2018 1 April 2019 1 April 2020
Inner London 20% of basic salary, subject to a:

  • minimum payment of £4,326 and a maximum payment of £6,663
20% of basic salary, subject to a:

  • minimum payment of £4,400 and a maximum payment of £6,777
 20% of basic salary, subject to a:

  • minimum payment of £4,473 and a maximum payment of £6,890
Outer London 15% of basic salary, subject to a:

  • minimum payment of £3,659 and a maximum payment of £4,664
15% of basic salary, subject to a:

  • minimum payment of £3,722 and a maximum payment of £4,743
15% of basic salary, subject to a:

  • minimum payment of £3,784 and a maximum payment of £4,822
Fringe 5% of basic salary, subject to a:

  • minimum payment of £1,000 and a maximum payment of £1,733
5% of basic salary, subject to a:

  • minimum payment of £1,017 and a maximum payment of £1,762
5% of basic salary, subject to a:

  • minimum payment of £1,034 and a maximum payment of £1,791

Download Annex 9 showing all rates since 2004

 


 

 


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