National Health Service

The NHS - a rewarding place to work

The National Health Service (NHS) is one of the largest employers in the world, and is the biggest in Europe, with over 1.3 million staff.

For the NHS a typical day includes:

* over 835,000 people visiting their GP practice or practice nurse

* almost 50,000 people visiting accident and emergency departments

* 49,000 outpatient consultations

* 94,000 people admitted to hospital as an emergency admission

* 36,000 people in hospital for planned treatment.

The NHS offers a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are passionate about making a difference. With more than 300 different careers on offer, there is a job for you no matter what your interests, skills or qualifications.

No matter what area of the NHS you join, you will become part of a talented, passionate team of people- committed to providing the best care and treatment to patients. You will also enjoy one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages offered by any employer in the UK.

Pay and conditions

Everyone who joins the NHS is guaranteed a salary that matches their ability and responsibilities, and given every opportunity to increase it through training and development.

The NHS pay system, known as Agenda for Change (AfC), applies to all staff except doctors, dentists, and very senior managers. Benefits include:

* a standard working week of 37.5 hours

* pay enhancements to reward out of hours, shift and overtime working

* holiday entitlement of 27 days a year, plus eight general and public holidays. This rises to 33 days after 10 years of service

* better career and pay progression based on the application of knowledge and skills

* annual personal development reviews to support career aspirations.

Helping you find the right work-life balance

The NHS recognises the importance of a healthy balance between work and life. The Improving Working Lives (IWL) initiative was introduced in 2000, and has helped bring about a real culture change within the NHS - reducing stress, increasing motivation, and improving productivity among staff. Flexible working means that:

* part time roles and job-share opportunities are often available, as well as term-time only, evening and weekend positions

* the NHS may also be able to help with childcare, including nursery care, after school clubs and emergency care

* if you are studying for a qualification, raising a family, or juggling other responsibilities, we will do everything we can to combine these commitments with your work

* many people in the NHS take an extended break to look after young children or other dependents who need special care

* you will also have access to occupational health services, such as counselling.

Fulfil your potential

The NHS is committed to offering learning and development opportunities for all full-time and part-time employees. No matter where you start within the NHS, you will have access to extra training and be given every chance to progress within the organisation.

You will receive an annual personal review and development plan to support your career progression, and you'll be encouraged to progress through the Knowledge and Skills Framework.

Join one of the UK's best pension schemes

The NHS Pension Scheme is one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK. Every new employee automatically becomes a member and you will get an excellent package of pension benefits, fully protected against inflation and guaranteed by the government . See for to find out about terms and conditions.

For more information about working in the NHS, the career paths available and more about routes of entry, visit the NHS Careers website.


For many employees, pay is the reason why they attend work. They may not feel motivated to work harder for more pay, but they need it to cover the bills and expenses required for everyday life. Some organisations will use pay to reward their employees. This may be by giving additional pay in the form of a one-off bonus or it could be by giving employees a pay joint rise each year to reward them for their loyalty to the company. Many Companies use pay scales to do this, so a junior employee may start on point one and then, if they stay five years, will leave on point 6.

Employees must be paid at least minimum wage, so by paying an employee above the minimum wage , the employer may be able to suggest they are rewarding the employee. Pay is also linked to qualifications and experience. Pay can be used to attract and reward employees who want to take additional responsibility such as team leadership or development. Giving an enhancement to their pay is one way to do this.

Performance related pay

Performance related pay is a way to giving employees extra money depending on their performance in the previous three, six or twelve month period. Link pay to performance is relatively simple when considering a manufacturing or sales business; the more products that are made or sold, the higher the performance level.

The main point to remember about this is that the method used to calculate the pay must be easily measurable and avoid any type of inequality. It must be accessible for all employees regarding of race, gender or religion.

Pension Scheme

NHS offer pension schemes as a reward for employees. These usually come in two types contributory or non contributory. A contributory pension scheme means that the employee and employer both put money into a pension scheme for the employee when they retire. A non contributory pension scheme means that only the employer puts money in for the employee when they retire.

Mortgage subsidies

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Company Vehicles

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School fees

Corporate clothes

Staff discount

Flexible working



Extended Parental leave

Career breaks

Cafeteria incentive scheme

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