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Unison NHS Pay Poll – July 2020

A poll of UK adults on their attitudes to the pay of NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Two in five Brits (39%) back an immediate pay rise for NHS staff, with over two thirds (69%) supportive of a pay rise happening this calendar year.
  • Support for a 2020 pay rise was highest among younger adults aged 18-34 (74%), ahead of those aged 35-54 (69%) or 55+ (65%).
  • The vast majority of the country (85%) back a pay increase in some form for NHS staff when they are next offered a new pay deal by the government.
  • Women are bigger backers than men of an increase in pay for NHS staff, with three in ten (30%) backing a large increase as opposed to just a quarter (24%) of men.

Date Published: 29/07/2020

Categories: Health | Politics | Public and communities | Public Sector | UK

Client: Unison


Savanta ComRes interviewed 2,085 UK adults aged 18+ online between 17th and 19th July 2020. Data were weighted to be nationally representative of all UK adults by key demographic characteristics including age, gender, region and social grade. Savanta ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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