Above-inflation pay rise for 900,000 public sector workers
The Government announced on the 21st July that key workers on the frontline who worked through the pandemic will be getting a pay rise – these include school teachers, doctors, dentists, police, prison officers, judges, civil servants and the armed forces.
The money for the pay increases of up to 3.1% would come from existing departmental budgets.
Nurses are not included because they negotiated a separate three-year deal in 2018. The rise does also not apply to junior doctors, who agreed a new four-year pay deal last year. Care workers are also not included in the 900,000.
Teachers in England, and dentists and doctors across the UK will see the largest increases at 3.1% and 2.8%.
Police and prison officer staff in will be given a 2.5% rise in pay, while members of the armed forces across the UK will get 2%.
Members of the judiciary and senior civil servants across the UK will see their pay topped up by a further 2%.
Rishi Sunak said: “These past months have underlined what we always knew, that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them.
“It’s right, therefore, that we follow the recommendations of the independent pay bodies with this set of real-terms pay rises.”