Update on Pay Progression

Due to the on-going situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, with NHS Wales continuing to mobilise its workforce in response to the pandemic at a scale not previously experienced, the requirement for staff to demonstrate that they meet the requirements for Pay Progression will be paused across the NHS in Wales for the period up to 31 March 2021.

Any staff who are due a Pay Affecting Step before 31 March 2021 will now progress automatically.

It is still important for staff and line managers to ensure they take part in their My Contribution meetings and are compliant with statutory and mandatory training requirements.

The Pay Progression policy for NHS Wales was agreed by the Welsh Partnership Forum in November 2019 and subsequently adopted by Public Health Wales. The 1 April 2020 marked the start of the final phase of the 3-year pay deal, which includes automatic pay progression (annual increments).

The new Pay Progression policy marks a significant change in the way pay progression operates, with automatic increments being replaced by ‘pay steps’ that require managers to authorise progression when staff have met the required standards. All NHS Wales employers were expected to implement the pay progression system this year for:

  • New employees who commenced employment on or after 01 April 2019

  • Employees who were promoted on or after 01 April 2019

In practical terms, and with effect from 01 April 2020, line managers would have been expected to meet with these employees in order to carry out pay-step meetings and then update ESR.

However, due to the current situation, this will no longer be necessary and all staff will automatically receive their pay step (increment).

Further information on pay progression can be found here.