As the submissions were handed in, health authority senior managers learnt that they can expect a 3. 25 per cent pay rise.

A letter sent out last week from NHS head of pay policy Ros Roughton does not guarantee a pay increase to individuals.

But it says the minimum, maximum, and break points for each of the five pay ranges applicable to HA managers should rise by 3. 25 per cent.

This will increase the minimum payable to anyone on an HA senior manager contract to£16,250 and the maximum to£99,965.