For everyone who has been asking about the new contract for junior doctors, you can download the contract from here.
The banding system does not exist in the new contract, but we still get paid extra for the out of hours work.
Out of Hours Pay
1. “An enhancement of 37 percent of the hourly basic pay rate shall be paid for any hours worked between 21.00 and 07.00, on any day of the week.”
2. “Where a shift is worked which begins no earlier than 20.00 and no later than 23.59, and is at least 8 hours in duration, an enhancement of 37 percent of the hourly basic rate shall also be payable on all hours worked up to 10:00 on any day of the week.”
3. The weekend allowance is between 3 to 10%.
To Make it Simple
A. The number of unsocial hours has been reduced. Previous unsocial hours used to begin at 17:00. They now begin at 20:00 or 21:00.
B. Banding used to be around 40% or 50%. Now the enhanced pay is around 37%.
C. The weekend allowance is significantly low.
I am not sure if overall pay has increased, decreased or remained the same. But I still feel that we are earning more than enough to spend a quality life in the UK.
This is only my understanding of the contract. If I have made a mistake in understanding any part of the contract, kindly let me know and I will correct the mistake.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will I get paid more or less than before according to the new contract?
I am not sure. If you let me know your pay scales, by comparing your old and new contract pay, it might be helpful.