The government has announced that 900,000 public sector are set to get a pay rise.
Those who work in the public sector such as doctors, teachers and police officers will see a rise of up to 3.1% in their pay.
Teachers and doctors are in line for the biggest rises at 3.1% and 2.8% respectively, according to the Treasury.
The increases are above inflation, but public sector pay has been frozen or capped at 1% for the past few years.
Each award is recommended by independent pay review bodies, and this year the Government has accepted the suggested rise for each workforce – reports Mirror Online.
The pay awards for the armed forces, prison officers, senior civil servants and NHS staff will be backdated to April, whereas the pay rise for police and teachers starts in September due to those professions operating on a different pay schedule running from September to August.
This is who is eligible for the rise and how much they'll get:
- School teachers – 3.1%
- Doctors and dentists -2.8%
- Police Officers – 2.5%
- Armed Forces – 2%
- National Crime Agency – 2.5%
- Prison Officers – 2.5%
- Judiciary – 2%
- Senior civil servants – 2%
- Senior military – 2%
But nurses won't be included in the pay award this time around.
They successfully negotiated a new pay deal in 2018 – with a three-year increase worth 6.5% – though many say it's a paltry amount compared to the work they do.
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: "These past months have underlined what we always knew, that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them.
"It's right therefore that we follow the recommendations of the independent pay bodies with this set of real-terms pay rises."
Labour shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said the pay rise was "good news" but claimed it would not make up for a "decade of real-terms pay cuts" for frontline workers.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady called for social care workers to join the ranks of those being offered a pay rise.
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She said: "These rises are welcome, but there's still a long way to go to restore pay after a decade of real terms cuts.
"Many public sector workers, like job centre staff and local government workers, aren't getting these rises. They deserve a decent pay settlement too.
"And the Government should urgently announce a pay rise for social care workers, who put their lives on the line to care for others during this pandemic."