UK Nurses paid 24pc less than teachers, says RCN (Daily Telegraph)

  1. Nurses are the worst paid professionals in the public sector, earning on average 24 per cent less than secondary school teachers, the Royal College of Nursing says today.

    Their evidence to the independent pay review body says that even when nurses and midwives have management roles they earn 27 per cent less than secondary teachers with no extra responsibilities, 24 per cent less than ordinary primary teachers and 14 per cent less than police officers.

    The data from the Labour Force Survey Statistics 2006 form part of the nurses' submission to the Nursing and Other Health Professionals Review Body which will make recommendations to the Government on next year's pay increase.

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  3. by   UKRNinUSA
    I wonder why? What are UK nurses going to do if they don't get a raise? Strike?
  4. by   oneLoneNurse
    I don't see the study as being all that far off for the US either. MY GF is a teacher with 10 years experience she makes about $50,000 per year, BUT her pension is 2.5% of her years. She has chosen not to work in the suburbs and therefore not to command as much money. However, next year she gets a $20,000 per year salary increase which will bring her up to par with some of the burbs. So just imagine, her pension plan for 10 years will be 10*2.5*70,000 = $17,500 and thats for the rest of her life(after retirement). I am in no way suggesting that her profession is an easy one, in fact I think her job is much more difficult than mine. For one thing she is not on a clock; I am, when my shift is finished I go home.

    I make between $70,000-$75,000 per year, BUT have to put $20,000-$25,000 per year into a pension plan, if I ever want to see retirement. Most of us don't get the pension that these teachers, Police Officers etc., etc. are entitled to. If I have to put about a 1/3 of my income into a pension plan when another career person does not, doesn't that mean in reality I am making less money ?
    Last edit by oneLoneNurse on Nov 22, '06