NHS Employers and trade union officials have agreed on a provisional new pay scale for unsocial hours.

Staff on Agenda for Change contracts are currently paid different rates for unsocial hours depending on their individual contracts.

But under the new scale, staff on the lowest grade could be paid double time on Sundays and public holidays while staff on the highest grades could be paid time plus 60 per cent. The unions will now consult with their members as to whether the scales are acceptable.

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