Moving from band 1 to band 2

The three year pay deal negotiated by UNISON for NHS staff last year delivers pay rises for those on the lowest pay bands in the NHS.

This April, the start of the second year of the pay deal, you are being given the opportunity to move from band 1 to band 2.

We saw this as the best way got get as much money as possible into your pocket to properly recognise the vital job you do to keep the NHS working.

What does moving to band 2 mean mean?

Moving from band 1 to band 2 is your choice but it will mean getting more money in your pockets at the end of every month.

Moving to band 2 is not about applying for a new job so there won’t be a job interview. Your employer will need to meet with you to ensure you have the right information to make your choice.

Your job role shouldn’t change much. You may already be doing a band 2 job but your job description just needs updating. Or your employer just needs to change your job description a little to get the role into band 2. Either way your employer has committed to give you any additional training and support you may need.

This is not about job cuts. The move to band 2 is a way to improve the lowest paid and deliver the Real Living Wage, not about job cuts.

We want you to earn more money

Your individual circumstances are important. Your entitlements to state benefits may be affected by moving to band 2.

We want you to earn more money so you may need to check with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or the Citizens’ Advice. The current and future rates of pay can be found on the briefing below.

We have pushed for a national date of 1 April 2019 for people to move to band 2. This gives you certain advantages if you take up the offer now rather than waiting (but you can change your mind in the future at your appraisal meeting).

It means you will get to the top of band 2 on 1 April 2021 (currently £19,337) under the existing pay progression system and not the new one introduced on 1 April 2019.

You’ll get a £194 lump sum payment (pro-rata if part time) on 1 April 2019 regardless of whether you move to band 2. And if you move to band 2 your employer will protect your earnings to ensure you don’t earn less through unsocial hours.

If you need more information talk to your union rep and your line manager.

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NHS band 1 to 2 FAQs

  • What will my pay be if I move to band 2 on 1 April 2019?

    Band 1 salary is now £17,460. On 1 April 2019 you will get a 1.1% non-consolidated lump sum £194. On 1 April 2019, the salary increases to £17,652 . On 1 April 2020, the salary increases to £18,005. On 1 April 2021, you will move to top of band 2 with a salary of £19,337.

  • I work on a bank contract, does this affect me?

    If your contract mirrors agenda for change then they should be included. If not then your employer is strongly recommended to consider including you in the up-skilling exercise.

    The pay you receive should reflect the work you are doing. If you work on the bank and are covering a band 2 role then you should be paid at this rate.

  • I work for a private contractor does this affect me?

    The national advice is for the NHS provider to be in talks with the private contractor over up-skilling their workforce and adopting the NHS pay arrangements. This is a priority for UNISON.

  • I’m being put under pressure to make a decision by my line manager, what should I do?

    No one should be put under pressure to make a decision. You should be supported and given information to make your decision. If you are put under pressure you should report this to you union.

    Bullying is not acceptable. If you are being bullied over your decision then you need to raise this. It is against the principles holding up the NHS and it is not tolerated.

  • At the moment I get my unsocial hours when I am sick. Will the move to band 2 change this?

    Unsocial hours are now paid to people who earn less than £18,160. If you stay on band 1 your pay will increase to £18,005 by the end of the pay deal. This means a 1% pay increase would take you above this level and you would not get them, even if you stayed in band 1.

  • I’m a supervisor. What’s going to happen to my role?

    UNISON believes that the best way to make sure you are getting the right pay for the job you do is through the NHS Job Evaluation Scheme. If you have taken on additional skills and tasks then you should ask for your job description to be updated and you may be able to ask for your job to be re-evaluated if this hasn’t happened in a while.