It\’s a good idea but I do think they\’re going to fuck it up:
It’s true that, in the current system, hospitals in the North can find good permanent nursing staff, and offer their young doctors a less stressful life than in the South or East. But just as national rates undermine private employment in poor regions, they also create problems in rich ones. Hospital trusts in the South East too often find themselves scrambling for agency cover. Relying on agency nurses is bad for your health: researchers have established that hospitals in the South register higher fatalities and lower productivity when, with full-time wages below the local private sector’s, they are forced to use temp staff.
National rates make it easy to hire good teachers in Durham or the Wirral; but in London and the South East, finding a maths teacher can be a nightmare. The Coalition Government is introducing a “pupil premium”, so that additional money follows disadvantaged children to whichever school they attend. Schools with lots of these pupils tend to have fewer good teachers and high staff turnover. But if schools are tied into pay scales and rigid conditions, they can’t offer anything special to attract better staff.
Quite, it isn\’t about lowering pay in poor areas. It\’s about having the right pay in all areas and that could and would mean rises in some areas just as it might mean (gradual, almost certainly in the form of different pay rises over the years) falls in others.
But as I say, I have a feeling they\’ll screw this up:
The change that is being floated is one of five or more separate pay-scales,
Fools: what we want is to be more like Sweden:
Here, rigid, centrally set pay spines were swept away in the 1990s. Instead, everyone has an individual contract, setting their pay as an individual, not placing them at a point on a scale.
How much do we have to pay to get you, yes, you, that unique and precious mixture of skills, talents and desires that is an individual human being, to come and work here doing this job?
Labour, the workers, it\’s just not some homogenous mass which can be parcelled out, allocated across different jobs or regions. It\’s 30 million unique individuals and all should be treated as such, don\’t you think?