Pay for some nurses has fallen in real terms since 2010
24th Sep 2020
NHS staff at the top of band 5 earned £27,534 a year in 2010 and £30,112 a year in 2020.
Correct. These are the salaries of NHS staff at the top of band 5 in England in 2010/11 and 2019/20.
A post on Facebook makes claims about the change in pay for NHS staff in band 5 between 2010 and 2020.
Some people have flagged this as possibly incorrect, but it is in fact true.
This year (2020/21) it is £30,615.
The more years of experience staff accumulate, the higher their pay gets at band 5 level.
These pay levels are shown in “cash terms” – literally what someone’s salary was in 2010 and what someone in the same job with the same level of experience would be earning in 2020.
Because money is only as valuable as what it can buy you, when comparing pay over time, it’s most useful to adjust these figures to account for inflation, allowing you to calculate what’s called a “real-terms” change.
After adjusting for inflation, the real-terms salary for someone at the top of band 5 actually fell by 9% between 2010/11 and 2019/20.
This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as true because these are the salaries for NHS staff at the top of band 5 in England in 2010/11 and 2019/20.