Nurses working at England’s health and care regulator have voted to accept a pay offer for 2023-24, it has been announced.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) revealed yesterday that the majority of its members working for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have said that the proposed pay award for this financial year is acceptable.
The offer includes a 4.5% pay rise for those on salary grades A, B and C, meanwhile those on D, E and F will receive a 6% uplift.
In addition, the regulator put forward a 4.5% increase for CQC staff reimbursements, including their homeworking allowance, occupational car user allowance and London weighting allowance.
The RCN said that the pay award would be implemented in October’s payroll and backdated to September 2023.
Meanwhile the CQC also set out a series of other commitments as part of the deal, including work around pay scales and exploring the possibility of leaving the civil service pay-setting arrangement.
The decision comes as RCN members working for the CQC voted last month to accept an improved pay offer for 2022-23, meaning industrial action came to an end.
Since 17 April 2023 members had been taking industrial action short of strike, which had seen them working strictly to their terms and conditions, or ‘working to rule’.
The CQC declined to comment.