Jdsk wrote: Syd wrote:
Jdsk wrote:Caution's needed on this one as well. Many of the lowest paid jobs have been outsourced... so "in the NHS" needs some careful definition.
Not in my board.
Thanks for the reminder that it varies. And it is worth noting that "the NHS" isn't an employer... there are different NHSs in different countries and in England each "Trust" and some other organisations are separate legal entities. National pay scales are widely used but are not universal.
Scotland is pretty much universal is having services in-house. The few exceptions are maintenance staff, electricians, joiners, plumbers etc, in PFI builds.
Those employed at transition are TUPEd over which offers some protection, though for a limited period.
In one circumstance I know of in England ( I still have contact with the staff concerned) their pay since being transferred has increased, though at the expense of reducing other benefits. Any new staff have been employed at ‘competitive rates’ but face disciplinary action if they discuss salary with others! The point on discussing salaries is also common among employers of field service engineers from third party companies.
So some positive and some negative outcomes from the change.
At present the SNP government block any such things here.