Something that puzzles a little bit:
Yet salaries of nurses in Northern Ireland have been allowed to fall far behind those of colleagues in the rest of the UK. A newly qualified band 5 staff nurse there, for example, is now paid £1,419 less than their counterpart in England and Wales, and £1,875 less than in Scotland, each year.
That’s about 5%. And NI wages are, generally, about 10% lower than whole UK average.
Further, NI nurses get their training fees paid for them and still receive bursaries.
That is, there are two good reasons why NI nurse salaries should be lower than mainland. In fact, taking both together, NI nurse salaries are currently too high.
So, why the whining?