Give midwives and other NHS staff pay deal they deserve says the RCM

on 21 July 2020 RCM MSWs - Maternity Support Workers NHS Staff Midwives NHS Unions Pay and Agenda For Change

The Royal College of Midwives is calling on the Government to bring forward pay talks and to give midwives and other NHS staff a substantial pay increase. The call follows today’s announcement of public sector pay rises that do not include midwives, maternity support workers (MSW) and nurses.

Jon Skewes, Executive Director for External Relations at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: “Midwives, MSWs and many of their NHS colleagues are not included in today’s announcement. The RCM and other health unions are calling on the Government to bring forward a pay deal set for April 2021, and to negotiate a much more substantial increase for these staff. This should recognise the urgent need to recruit more staff into the NHS, retain those we already have and restore real earnings. The Chancellor cannot ignore this call any longer.”

Jon Skewes added: “The massive contribution and dedication of our NHS workers during the pandemic has shown just how valuable they are. It is now time to give midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff the early and substantial pay rise they deserve.”


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Notes to Editors

Midwives and MSWs along with nurses are on the Agenda for Change pay scheme. A three year pay deal including pay increases and changes to the pay structure was agreed by unions and their members in 2018. This deal runs until April 2021.

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