August 2018 Back pay – NHS Terms and Conditions of Service and Pay Award Information 2018


The award was applied to basic pay only in July 2018. Weekly paid staff received back pay due for April 2018 to June 2018 on 03 August 2018; Monthly paid staff will receive this in August’s salary on 29 August 2018.

Due to three months of back pay being included please remember that there will also be an additional three months of deductions for tax, national insurance and pension contributions as well as any other deductions that are percentage based for example student loans, court orders etc.…

The contribution rates for the NHS Pension scheme remain the same and depend on pensionable pay, however please remember that if your pensionable pay has increased above the threshold for what you have been paying; you will move into the next contribution band and pay a higher percentage. This is the same as in previous years. Information on contribution rates can be found here: 

The new rates for unsocial hours for staff employed on bands one to three only applies from 01 July 2018 therefore there will be no retrospective deduction for hours worked prior to this.

There has been a lot of confusion around the various communications issued pre and post ratification of the award, please note the post ratification rates published by NHS Employers are the only ones that should be used. The point on the new scales show the point you will reach after your incremental date in 2018/2019, if you have had your increment you will already be on this point, if you haven’t you will be on the one below. The only exception to this is if you have benefited from the deletion of a point and have reached the 2018/2019 amount sooner.

NHS Employers have included a number of helpful tools on their website to assist you to check what point you should be on and understand how your pay journey works, please see below:—Resources-to-help-you-understand-pay.pdf