PM Rishi Sunak announced that public sector workers would receive pay bumps (Picture: Getty Images)
Earlier this week it was announced that over one million public sector workers have been offered pay rises of between 5 and 7 percent.
This includes police officers, prison workers, teachers and doctors.
Treasury minister John Glen told MPs: ‘Today I can announce that the Government has accepted the headline recommendations of the independent pay review bodies in full.’
The wage bump comes during a continuing slew of strikes which have seen doctors, teachers and other industries walk out over pay.
But when can public sector workers expect to receive their bumped up wage slips and who is getting a raise?
When will the public sector pay rises come into effect?
The pay increases for both teachers and the police will come in from September this year.
The pay rises for other public sector workers – including doctors, dentists and police – will be backdated to April.
Which public sector workers are getting a raise?
Police officers and prison workers will receive the biggest boost to their pay, both receiving an extra 7%.
The pay rises were announced as junior doctors staged another multi-day walkout over pay conditions (Picture: Getty Images)
The allocations are as follows:
- Police – 7%
- Prison officers – 7%
- Teachers – 6.5%
- NHS – 6%
- Junior doctors – 6%
- Armed Forces – 5%
The NHS workers set to get the raise include nurses, porters, cleaners, paramedics, physiotherapists, 999 call handlers, midwives, security guards and junior doctors.
Under a deal set out earlier this year, ambulance workers, nurses, physiotherapists and porters will also get a one-off sum of at least £1,655.
How are these pay rises being funded?
When pressed on how he would pay for these boosts to public sector salaries after over a year of sporadic strikes across different industries, Rishi Sunak conceded it would ‘mean choices – I’m not shying away from that.’
Adding, ‘It’s not about cuts, it’s just about focusing on public sector workers’ pay rather than other things,’ he added, insisting changes could be made ‘without impacting frontline service delivery.’
He also said the government would raise over £1bn by ‘significantly’ increasing charges for migrants coming to the UK when applying for visas and their price to access the NHS.
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