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FOI 2024 029 - Pay awards


Information Requested:

I am researching executive pay in the NHS and it appears as if colleagues in Wales on VSM contracts are the only staff group not to receive a pay award this year. 

My questions are please: 

Why have VSMs not received a pay award? 

Is there a plan to make an award for 23/24? 

When will this be? 

What percentage will it be? 

You will be aware that England made a 5% award some months ago to vsm staff reflect the difficult operational challenges. 

Why haven’t Wales followed suit? 

Does NHS Wales not value the contribution made by vsm staff? 

Have NHS Wales Executive vsm staff received a pay award this year? 


Information provided for the answer:


Thank you for your request dated 30th January 2024. 

Public Health Wales do not hold this information. 

Public Health Wales is the public health service for Wales and as such is an independent NHS Trust. Therefore, do not have access to this information. As an organisation we have no jurisdiction over the activities of other Welsh organisations and frequently do not have access to the data that they produce.  I have provided contact details for Welsh Government and NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership below, you would need to contact them individually for the information they hold.    

Welsh Government  

Requesting information from the Welsh Government (FOI requests) | GOV.WALES 

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership  

Making a Freedom of Information Request - NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership 

I am very sorry we are unable to help on this occasion. 


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