The NHS Information Centre has published its latest estimates of NHS staff earnings. The estimates are based on earnings between January and March 2008 and are compared with estimates from the same period in 2007.

This the first time information from the electronic staff record - the new integrated payroll and human resources system - has been used to chart an annual change in earnings. Roll-out of the system was completed this April.

The estimates show:

  • qualified nurses' estimated basic pay increased to£27,200 from£26,100 (4.2 per cent) between the two periods compared.

  • hospital consultants working under the new contract earned an estimated£115,400, a 3.2 per cent increase on the previous year, when their total earnings from NHS work was estimated as£111,800. The figures do not take into account any private work and only include consultants directly employed and paid by NHS organisations.

Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: "The NHS Information Centre is making the most of the high-quality information ESR has to offer in order to produce more robust and timely estimates of staff earnings than ever before.

"Staff earnings represent a huge proportion of the NHS budget and independent, reliable and up-to-date information about staff pay is a huge support for frontline organisations in their pay negotiations and financial planning."

For the full report on staff earnings, visit www.ic.nhs.uk