The NHS Pay Review Body gave its recommendations to ministers weeks ago and called for a three per cent rise, Politico reported on Monday. The announcement of the two per cent increase is expected imminently.
The Royal College of Nurses previously called the proposal of one per cent “pitiful” and demanded a 12.5 per cent pay rise.
The union subsequently began organising a £35m fund that could be used to compensate nurses if they wish to strike.
Dave Dawes, RCN Council chair, said at the time: “Given all the messages [the Government] have sent this week I think we are heading for industrial action and I think it’s up to the government to change the direction of travel.”