IT staff issue health warning to NHS over pay reform plans

first_img Previous Article Next Article ITstaff at the NHS could walk out if their salaries are cut as part of a radicalrestructuring of pay scales, experts warn. The‘Agenda for Change’ programme, which will be rolled out across the UK from 1December, is designed to tackle pay inequalities for one million NHS employees,but IT staff could lose out.TheDepartment of Health has not released a breakdown of how IT was affected by thenew pay structure at early adopter sites, but evidence from City HospitalSunderland showed a pay range for all but the most senior IT staff of between£11,500 and £18,600. Accordingto the Chartered Management Institute, the average IT manager in the UKearns more than £50,000.Expertssaid an IT exodus would pose a serious risk to services, at a time when the NHSis investing around £6bn in IT systems. JillGeorge, a member of the national executive council of the Amicus union, told Personnel Today’s sister magazine Computer Weekly that many NHS IT staffwere “incredibly angry”, and would leave if the changes go ahead.TheDepartment of Health said that it was working closely with professional bodiesto ensure the new job profiles accurately reflect the roles in IT. IT staff issue health warning to NHS over pay reform plansOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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