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I have just started a three year rotation and my first job is banded 2A. Is this pay protected for the rest of the contract?

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 04 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:s92
  1. Simon Eccles, chair, BMA junior doctors' committee
  1. BMA, London


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The assumption that you are protected at the salary of your first post on a rotation is common, but wrong. You are protected for the salaries in each individual post, at the time you were appointed.

If your rotation had four posts—bands 2A, 1A, 2B, and 3 at the time you started—then you could expect to be paid 1.8, 1.5, 1.5, and 2 times your salary, respectively. If the posts were all rebanded to 1A this would still apply except the last post would be protected at 1.8.

For pay protection to apply to you, you need to be aware of the salaries of your colleagues in the posts you'll be rotating to. Get this and written proof.

All posts should be less than 48 hours per week and therefore should be band 1 by 2009; do be aware that most trusts are aiming to make their posts band 1 as soon as they can.


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