Agenda for change - pay rates

The following is a guide only to NHS Terms and Conditions of Service (Agenda for Change) pay rates from April 2020. You should always check with the employer to confirm the pay rate for any post for which you are applying. Full details can be found on the NHS Employers website

This pay system covers all staff except doctors, dentists and very senior managers. Each of the nine pay bands has a number of pay points. Staff will normally progress to the next pay point annually until they reach the top of the pay band. In addition to basic pay, there is also extra pay for staff who work in high cost areas such as around London.

Band 1 (Please note that following the 2018 pay deal, band 1 closed to new entrants from 1 December 2018). 

< 1 year experience  £18.005
1+ years                    £18,005

Examples of roles at band 1 - domestic support workerhousekeeping assistant, driver and nursery assistant.

Band 2

< 1 year experience  £18,005
1-2 years                   £18,005
2-3 years                   £19,337
3-4 years                   £19,337
4-5 years                   £19,337
5-6 years                   £19,337
6+ years                    £19,337

Examples of roles at band 2 - domestic support workerhousekeeping assistant, drivernursery assistantdomestic team leadersecurity officersecretary/typist and healthcare assistant.

Band 3

<1 year experience    £19,737
1-2 years                    £19,737
2-3 years                    £21,142
3-4 years                    £21,142
4-5 years                    £21,142
5-6 years                    £21,142
6+ years                     £21,142

Examples of roles at band 3-  emergency care assistantclinical coding officerestates officer and occupational therapy worker.

Band 4

< 1 year experience    £21,892
1-2 years                     £21,892
2-3 years                     £21,892
3-4 years                     £24,157
4-5 years                     £24,157
5-6 years                     £24,157
6+ years                      £24,157

Examples of roles at band 4 - assistant practitioneraudio visual technicianpharmacy techniciandental nurse and theatre support worker.

Band 5 

<1 year experience      £24,907
1-2 years                      £24,907
2-3 years                      £26,970
3-4 years                      £26,970
4-5 years                      £27,416
5-6 years                      £27,416
6-7 years                      £30,615
7+ years                       £30,615

Examples of roles at band 5 (includes many newly qualified clinical professionals) - operating department practitioner (ODP), podiatrist, learning disability nursetherapeutic radiographer, practice manager and ICT test analyst

Band 6

<1 year experience      £31,365
1-2 years                      £31,365
2-3 years                      £33,176
3-4 years                      £33,176
4-5 years                      £33,176
5-6 years                      £33,779
6-7 years                      £33,779
7-8 years                      £37,890
8+ years                       £37,890

Examples of roles at band 6 - school nurse, experienced paramedichealth records officerclinical psychology trainee and biomedical scientist.

Band 7

<1 year experience       £38,890
1-2 years                       £38,890
2-3 years                       £40,894
3-4 years                       £40,894
4-5 years                       £40,894
5-6 years                       £41,723
6-7 years                       £41,723
7-8 years                       £44,503
8+ years                        £44,503

Examples of roles at band 7 - communications managerestates managerhigh intensity therapist and advanced speech and language therapist.

Band 8a

< 1 year experience       £45,753
1-2 years                        £45,753
2-3 years                        £45,753
3-4 years                        £45,753*
4-5 years                        £45,753*
5+ years                         £51,668

Examples of roles at band 8a - consultant prosthetist/orthotistdental laboratory manager, project and programme managementmodern matron (nursing) and nurse consultant (mental health nursing).

Band 8b

< 1 year experience        £53,168
1-2 years                         £53,168
2-3 years                         £53,168
3-4 years                         £53,168*
4-5 years                         £53,168*
5+ years                          £62,001

Examples of roles at band 8b - strategic management, head of education and training, clinical physiology service manager and head orthoptist.

Band 8c

<1 year experience         £63,751
1-2 years                         £63,751
2-3 years                         £63,751
3-4 years                         £63,751*
4-5 years                         £63,751*
5+ years                          £73,664

Examples of roles at band 8c - head of human resources, consultant clinical scientist (molecular genetics/cytogenetics) and consultant paramedic.

Band 8d

<1 year experience         £75,914
1-2 years                         £75,914
2-3 years                         £75,914
3-4 years                         £75,914*
4-5 years                         £75,914*
5+ years                          £87,754

Examples of roles at band 8d include consultant psychologist (8c-8d), estates manager, chief nurse and chief finance manager.

Band 9

<1 year experience          £91,004
1-2 years                          £91,004
2-3 years                          £91,004
3-4 years                          £91,004*
4-5 years                          £91,004*
5+ years                         £104,927

Examples of roles at band 9 include podiatric consultant (surgery), chief finance manager and director of estates and facilities.

*includes additional one off consolidated payments

High cost area supplements

Area Level (1 April 2020)
Inner London 20% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £4,473 and a maximum payment of £6,890
Outer London 15% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £3,784 and a maximum payment of £4,822
Fringe

5% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £1,034 and a maximum payment of £1,791

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