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Doctors, teachers, police officers and other public sector employees must receive exceptional and anti-inflationary pay increases as a reward for their efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

With inflation currently only 0.6%, the largest increase, 3.1%, goes to teachers, followed by doctors and dentists, who will receive 2.8%, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said.

Police, prison officers and staff at the National Crime Agency – informally known as the “British FBI” – will see their salaries increase by 2.5% and judges, senior officials and military officers by 2.0% .

The Treasury says the salary rewards reflect the tremendous efforts made by public sector staff to meet the unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19[feminine[feminine epidemic.

Teachers received the biggest pay raise

Mr. Sunak said, “The past few months have underscored what we have always known – that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can count on them when we need them.

“So it’s only fair that we follow the recommendations of independent compensation bodies with this set of real-world salary increases. ”

The Treasury said Mr. Sunak had agreed to fully comply with the recommendations of independent salary review bodies.

Under George Osborne, public sector wage increases were capped at 1% for four years.

Although nurses – currently on three-year salary contracts – are not covered by the latest increases, the government says many will receive an average 4.4% salary increase this year.

The Treasury says nearly 900,000 workers will benefit, and salary increases for teachers and doctors must recognize their efforts on the front lines during the battle against COVID-19[feminine[feminine.

The 3.1% rise in teachers, however, could be seen as a sweetener in persuading them to return to school in September and resume full-time classes after a four-month hiatus.

Responding for the Labor Party, Phantom Chancellor Anneliese Dodds said: ‘The Conservatives have frozen public sector wages for seven long years, and the increases they introduced afterwards failed to close the gap. .

“A pay rise for our police officers, nurses and teachers is now good news, but for many frontline workers it still won’t make up for a decade of real-world pay cuts.

“And many other public sector workers – including those working on the front lines in social services – will not get a raise at all because the Conservatives broke their promises to increase funding.” local authorities.

“It’s not fair – and it’s not a way to reward those who have been at the forefront of the fight against this pandemic. ”

Commenting on the announcement, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These increases are welcome, but there is still a long way to go to restore wages after a decade of reductions in real conditions.

“Many public sector workers – such as employment center staff and local government employees – do not benefit from these increases. They also deserve a living wage settlement.

“And the government should urgently announce a pay rise for social workers, who are putting their lives at risk to care for others during this pandemic. “

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The police increases come after 6,435 new officers were recruited between November 2019 and March 2020, of which 3,005 specifically joined Boris Johnson’s campaign pledge to recruit another 20,000.

The Treasury also reports that 16,340 new recruits joined the armed forces between April last year and March this year, a 30.9% increase from the previous 12-month period.

In the NHS, the government says a million employees are signed up to a three-year pay deal under the Program for Change, under which the starting salary of a newly trained nurse has increased by more than 12% since 2017/18.

The Treasury says this means nurses who continue to increase their pay structures will receive an average increase of 4.4% this year and that there are 12,220 more nurses and health visitors working for the NHS compared to to last year.


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The chancellor said each of the new awards had been recommended by independent salary review bodies and this year the government had accepted the recommended increase for each workforce.

Salary awards for the military, prison guards, senior officials and NHS staff will be backdated to April of this year.

The ramp-up of police and teachers will take effect in September.

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The salary increases in full:

  • School teachers – 3.1%
  • Doctors and dentists – 2.8%
  • Police officers – 2.5%
  • Armed Forces – 2%
  • National Crime Agency – 2.5%
  • Prison officers – 2.5%
  • Judiciary – 2%
  • Senior civil servants – 2%
  • Senior military – 2%


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