§ Mr. Nellist
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average net cost to the Exchequer of employing (a) a nurse and (b) a hospital cleaner on starting salary; and if he will set out in the Official Report the basis of his calculations.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Following is an estimate:
Staff nurse (full-time) £ Cleaner-Pay Group 1 (full time) £ Basic Pay 4,998 3,433 Average overtime earnings and other pay enhancements (excluding London Weighting) 850 1,294 Superannuation (employers') at 7.5 per cent. of pay excluding overtime* 433 340 National Insurance (employers') at full contracted-out rate 499 410 TOTAL 6,780 5,477 * Some allowances in addition to overtime may not be subject to superannuation.
The employee is liable to pay National Insurance contributions at the statutory rate and also superannuation contributions at the rate of 6 per cent. —staff nurse—and 5 per cent. —cleaner, after two years service—of superannuable pay; income tax liability depends on individual circumstances.