NHS pay and benefits
Find out about the pay, benefits and rewards of a career in the NHS in England.
Why people work for the NHS
Whichever area you join, you 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.
We actively recruit people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. This helps us understand the different needs of our patients and provide the best possible service.
Benefits of working in the NHS
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.
On top of your basic salary, you will receive at least 27 days' holiday each year, plus a range of other benefits including occupational health and counselling services.
Pay and conditions
The national pay system for the NHS — Agenda for Change (AfC) — is for all directly employed staff except doctors and the most senior managers.
The pay system offers real benefits including:
a standard working week of 37.5 hours
harmonised holiday entitlements of 27 days per year, plus eight general and public holidays, rising to 33 days after 10 years' service
pay enhancements to reward out of hours, shift and overtime working
better career and salary progression based on the application of knowledge and skills
an annual personal development review to support your career aspirations
Other benefits of working in the NHS include training, occupational health services, automatic membership of the NHS Pension Scheme (unless you choose to opt out) and study leave for sponsored courses.
Read more about the Agenda for Change pay rates.
One of the UK's best pension schemes
The NHS Pension Scheme is still 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.
NHS employment policies
Our employment policies:
ensure fair rates of pay for all staff across the whole healthcare system (Agenda for Change)
provide training and personal development opportunities that will enable people to reach their full potential
emphasise equality of opportunity for all
provide good working conditions, holiday entitlement, and other benefits
maintain an excellent pension scheme
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