Published: 05/02/2004, Volume II4, No. 5891 Page 8

Pay scales for junior staff under Agenda for Change have been set too low for the NHS to compete with other recruiters, an analysis for HSJ has revealed.The analysis by public sector recruitment firm Hay Group says that under the new scales, the rates for lower grades across the country (with the exception of London and the South East) are unlikely to help the NHS recruit and retain staff, as they will 'earn significantly below the market median for both the public and private sectors'.The research, which was based on a comparison of the Agenda for Change pay rates with the company's database of over 500 private and public-sector employers, found that by contrast, senior-level pay will be paid well above median public sector levels for all parts of the country. It also found that lower-grade staff in inner London do better by comparison to their colleagues elsewhere.

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