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Health Service Staff (Pay)

Volume 24: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate how many workers employed as ancillary staff within the National Health Service are currently paid less than the family income supplement prescribed level for a family with two children.

It is estimated that about one-third of a total of 109,000 full-time ancillary staff in England earn less than £82. There is no means of estimating how many of those workers are the main earners in families with two or more children. Even if such estimates could be made, it would be rather meaningless as entitlement to family income supplement depends upon the total gross income of the family concerned.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the current pay of National Health Service staff ancillary grades 1 to 4, and the effects of the proposed pay increases in terms of net pay for those grades.

Net pay depends upon the personal circumstances of individuals. The following figures of basic pay and gross average earnings exclude London allowances:

Ancillary staff pay groupCurrent basic rateEstimated current average earnings all staff (whole time equivalents)Estimated average earnings increased by 4 per cent.
£ per week£ per week£ per week
About half of all ancillary workers are part-time and so, of course, earn significantly less than these figures.