Feeds

Millennium IT staff more valuable than nurses

Rates pay reveal sorry state of priorities

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

NHS IT staff stand to earn 20 times more than nurses working on Millennium Eve. Moon Communications, which provides the computer links between hospitals, is offering to pay workers a £250 bonus to stay at home on standby this New Year's Eve. And they will get £300 an hour if they are actually called in to work – a tidy sum of £2,100 for a night's work. Thousands of the country's nurses will get a paltry £106 for the same seven-hour shift - on what may be one of the busiest nights of the year for the Health Service. Even Tube drivers will net £1,500, and the humble GP around £150 per hour, for working through the Millennium, the Sunday Mirror reported. "It says something about the way nurses are valued when people saving lives are paid so little while computer personnel are paid so much," said Josie Irwin, senior employment relations adviser at the Royal College of Nursing. Health union Unison warned: "This could cause staff to quit if they feel they are being unfairly treated." ® The winners and losers in the Millennium wage packet stakes: Financial IT expert - £50,000 Bank executive - £5,000 Party DJ - £4,000 Security guard at the Millennium Dome - £3,000 BBC presenter - £300 Fire fighter - £216 Junior doctor - £4.20 per hour

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.