Northern Ireland members overwhelmingly vote to accept pay offer for 2023/24

Trade Union
The pay deal comes following the restoration of power-sharing in the Northern Ireland assembly and executive in February

Health and Social Care (HSC) members in Northern Ireland have voted to accept a pay offer from the Department of Health for 2023/24.

The offer includes a 5% pay rise and a one-off non-consolidated payment of £1,505 for all HSC staff working on Agenda for Change contracts. It covers the period from 1 April 2023 to 31 May 2024 and payments will be backdated to April 2023.

The Royal College of Podiatry (RCPod), alongside other health unions in Northern Ireland, took part in discussions with the Department of Health earlier this year to secure the offer. The RCPod then consulted its members on whether to accept or reject the deal. The consultation closed on Friday 22 March at midday.

The RCPod has informed the other health unions and the government in Northern Ireland that it has accepted the offer. The RCPod will now demand that the pay award is implemented and paid as quickly as possible so that members do not experience and further delays to their pay increase.

These consultations were delayed by a year due to a lack of a functioning administration in Northern Ireland and the RCPod looks forward to a quicker conclusion to the 2024/25 pay round discussions which will start shortly.