Three more trusts have decided to go against a government approved national pay agreement and award their senior staff a 1 per cent pay rise in line with lower level staff, HSJ has discovered.

York Teaching Hospital, Airedale, and Oxleas foundation trusts have all taken local action to ensure all staff receive an equal pay award this year.

In January, the government agreed to a 1 per cent pay rise for all staff up to the mid-point of band 8C on the Agenda for Change pay framework. This would apply to staff on a salary below £57,069.

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York Teaching Hospital FT approved the pay rise because ‘otherwise it would have been a pay cut’ for senior staff

HSJ reported last week that Kingston Hospital FT took the decision to pay all staff a 1 per cent increase. This was partly to try and prevent staff from leaving the trust to work at nearby inner London trusts which pay a higher rate.

A spokeswoman for York Teaching Hospital said the 1 per cent rise was approved for senior staff this year because it would have “otherwise have been a pay cut for these individuals”.

Nick Parker, head of human resources for Airedale, said: “We want to recognise the contribution all our staff make towards the success of the trust.

“During 2015-16 we locally implemented arrangements to extend the 1 per cent pay increase for staff on Agenda for Change to those staff who would not have received it under the national pay agreement. This was done on a non-consolidated basis. Not doing this would have seen some staff taking a 1 per cent pay reduction during 2015-16.

“In addition, we also introduced the living wage for our lowest paid staff. All incremental pay rises for staff are subject to delivering objectives and meeting agreed performance standards.”

An Oxleas spokeswoman said: “The board values all of its staff equally and took the decision that the most equitable approach was for all staff to get the same amount. This is in keeping with the trust’s whole approach to remuneration and reward – when the trust has awarded a trust performance award all staff have received the same amount.”

She added: “The trust is planning on achieving a financial surplus in 2015-16 and is rated by Monitor in the lowest category for financial risk.”

The spokeswoman said the pay rise had affected 87 staff. HSJ asked all the trusts how much the rise had cost but they declined to comment.