Pay

Our guidance advises doctors in the UK on issues that may impact your pay including rises, information on your pay slip and claiming expenses.

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Junior doctors' pay scales

Fair pay for junior doctors in England

During the last two years, junior doctors have made both an enormous contribution and a significant sacrifice. And yet none of this is recognised by the government. BMA campaign

Pay scales for junior doctors in England

The basic pay scales for junior doctors in training in England. BMA guidance

Pay scales for junior doctors in Scotland

The basic pay scales for junior doctors in training in Scotland. BMA guidance

Pay scales for junior doctors in Wales

The basic pay scales for junior doctors in training in Wales. BMA guidance

Pay scales for junior doctors in Northern Ireland

The basic pay scales for junior doctors in training in Northern Ireland. BMA guidance

Consultants' pay scales

Pay scales for consultants in England

The basic pay scales for NHS consultants in England. BMA guidance

Pay scales for consultants in Scotland

The basic pay scales for NHS consultants in Scotland. BMA guidance

Pay scales for consultants in Wales

The basic pay scales for NHS consultants in Wales. BMA guidance

Pay scales for consultants in Northern Ireland

The basic pay scales for NHS consultants in Northern Ireland. BMA guidance

Demanding fair pay for NHS consultants

Consultants have given their all in leading the fight against COVID-19. Yet, their real terms pay has been slashed year-on-year.  BMA views

Consultant non-contractual rate card

This guide sets out your rights and pay rates for participating in non-contractual work or activity for consultants in England.  BMA guidance

Specialty and associate staff doctors' pay scales

Pay scales for SAS doctors in England

The basic pay scales for specialty and associate staff (SAS) doctors in England. BMA guidance

Pay scales for SAS doctors in Scotland

The basic pay scales for specialty and associate staff (SAS) doctors in Scotland. BMA guidance

Pay scales for SAS doctors in Wales

The basic pay scales for specialty and associate staff (SAS) doctors in Wales. BMA guidance

Pay scales for SAS doctors in Northern Ireland

The basic pay scales for specialty and associate staff (SAS) doctors in Northern Ireland. BMA guidance

SAS pay progression

As a SAS doctor, progressing through the pay scales will mean meeting specific requirements outlined in two thresholds, as well as a collection of evidence to further support your progression. BMA guidance

GP pay

Competition law and locum GPs

This guidance aims to dispel confusion around competition law and the NHS to help locum GP doctors share information about their rates. BMA guidance

Declaring GP earnings over £150,000

Eligible GPs will need to declare any NHS earnings over the threshold annually. Read who the rules on pay transparency affects, what it means for you and the BMA's position. BMA guidance

A new illustrative pay range for salaried GPs in England

The DDRB pay ranges for salaried GPs are flawed. Read about the ranges and the BMA’s work to improve them. BMA guidance

Other doctors' pay

Medical academics' pay scales

This guidance covers what medical or clinical academics should be paid, including protections for those trainees transferring to the 2016 pay scale and what pay premia and additional awards academics are entitled to. BMA guidance

Armed forces doctors' pay scales

Read about the latest pay agreement and recommended salaries for armed forces doctors. BMA guidance

Occupational physicians' pay scales

Doctors working as occupational physicians outside the NHS – both as employees and self-employed contractors – should earn at least as much as those in the NHS. BMA guidance

How doctors' pay is decided

Doctor's annual pay review from DDRB

Read our response and submission to the 2022/23 report from the DDRB (Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration). BMA negotiations

How NHS doctors’ pay is decided

How much doctors earn in the NHS is reviewed annually by the DDRB, which makes recommendations to the Government. BMA guidance

Review of the gender pay gap in medicine

DHSC commissioned an independent review of the gap between men’s and women’s earnings in medicine. It aims to pinpoint the causes of the gender pay gap, and how they can be addressed. BMA views

Consultant award schemes

Consultant award schemes and clinical excellence awards (CEA)

Information on National CEAs/CIAs and discretionary points, including everything you need for application, what you need to demonstrate, award values and details of the award schemes in the devolved nations. BMA guidance

Clinical excellence awards (CEA) agreement negotiations

This guidance covers questions on the CEA agreement, including what it means if your employer has failed to run awards rounds in the past or if it will in the future. We also cover how it affects your pension. BMA guidance

National clinical impact award scheme

There have been important changes to the National Clinical Excellence Award scheme (NCEAs) which will now be known as the National Clinical Impact Award scheme (NCIAs). These changes were introduced unilaterally in spite of the BMA's concerns.  BMA guidance

Payslips

Understanding your payslip - junior doctors on the 2016 contract

There may be some terms on your payslip that are unfamiliar to you. Our sample junior doctor payslip explains all the different elements of pay that you might receive. BMA guidance

Understanding your payslip - junior doctors on the 2002 contract

Avoid the nasty surprise of getting underpaid by making sure your tax and pay details are correct from the beginning of your new job. Check your payslip. BMA guidance

Understanding the consultants' payslip

We navigate consultants' payslips, what it all means and what you need to look out for. BMA guidance

Understanding the consultants' payslip in Scotland

In this short guide, our goal is to demystify some of the entries on the consultant payslip, and also flag up the areas that you may need to look at more carefully. BMA guidance

LTFT

Less than full-time trainees' pay explained

Explaining pay for those working LTFT (less than full-time), including examples, weekend allowance, on-call, transitional pay and flexible pay.  BMA guidance

Pay banding

How pay banding works

Pay banding affects how you are paid. Find out what pay band you should be as a flexible or full-time trainee junior doctor. Use our pay band calculator. BMA guidance

Rebanding for junior doctors

For junior doctors on the 2002 contract, rebanding takes place when employers change the banding of their post and rota. Employers must comply, pay should be protected, and trainees can appeal. BMA guidance

Expenses

Travel expenses for doctors

Claiming travel expenses can be very confusing as it may be unclear, particularly in England, which policy you should be following. We lay down the rates and your rights. BMA guidance

Expenses for junior doctors relocating for work

If you have to move home to further your junior doctor training or for the service, you may be eligible for relocation expenses. Find out what types of costs you can reclaim. BMA guidance

Transitional pay

Transitional pay protection

Guidance on transitional pay protection for junior doctors under the 2016 terms and conditions. Our transitional pay protection tool can be used to determine the type of pay protection you may be eligible for. BMA guidance
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