RCM welcomes announcement offer of a pay rise for midwives in Wales

By RCM on 05 July 2018 Wales NHS Staff Midwives RCM Wales MSWs - Maternity Support Workers Consultations Pay and Agenda For Change

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has today welcomed the announcement by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething on a new pay offer for midwives, maternity support workers and all other NHS staff in Wales.

Just as the recent pay deal did in England the offer for staff in Wales means that staff will progress through the pay bands and reach the top of each band quicker, as the number of increments in each pay band will be reduced. Starting salaries will also increase.

The pay offer in Wales includes the following;

  • Investment in higher starting salaries for staff in every pay band by reforming the pay system to remove overlapping pay points.
  • A commitment to fair basic pay awards and faster pay  progression for the next three years to those staff who are not yet on the top of their pay band.
  • A guarantee of fair basic pay awards for the next three years to the staff who are at the top of pay bands.
  • The minimum basic pay rate in the NHS and the lowest starting NHS salary increases to £18,005 in 20/21.

Responding to today’s announcement RCM’s Director for Wales, Helen Rogers said; “The RCM very much welcomes the Welsh Government’s announcement and offer of a much deserved pay increase for our members in Wales.

“This is a good deal for our members. Over the past number of months the RCM has worked hard with other NHS unions and the Welsh Government to negotiate and secure the best possible deal for midwives and maternity workers in Wales.

“Today’s offer is long overdue. Midwives and maternity support workers work tirelessly everyday to deliver safe high quality care to mothers and babies in Wales and it is only fair that they are rewarded fairly for the care they deliver.

“The RCM will now consult with our members in Wales, provide more information and encourage them to engage with the RCM on this important pay consultation process.”


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Notes to editors

The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/