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What benefits do you get working for the NHS?

By Keith Pilkington

​It doesn’t matter which specialism you choose, as an employee of the NHS, you will be working amongst highly talented, passionate and caring people, all committed to providing the very best care and treatment to patients.

The NHS offers one of the most competitive and flexible benefit packages offered by any UK employer. So, what are these benefits?

NHS salaries and perks

All NHS employees are guaranteed a salary that matches their ability and responsibilities. The national pay system for the NHS, Agenda for Change, is for all directly employed staff except doctors and the most senior managers. It offers impressive benefits including a standard working week of 37.5 hours, holiday entitlements of 27 days per year which rises to 33 days after 10 years of service, plus eight general and public holidays. There are also pay enhancements to reward out-of-hours and overtime working, and an annual personal development review to support career aspirations. Read more about nursing salaries.


All new NHS starters are required to attend a trust induction, designed to integrate them into the organisation, as seamlessly as possible. Inductions include important information presented by trust experts e.g. on staff support, security, and car parking. There is also a series of e-assessments and e-Learning modules on subjects that are relevant to the role.

But do you get paid for an NHS induction? The answer is yes, the process could run for up to 4-5 days and new starters will be paid for their time.

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 gets excellent pension benefits. To find out more about UK pensions and opting-out, please visit our blog.

Work/life balance

The NHS recognise the importance of a healthy balance between work and personal life. The Improving Working Lives (IWL) initiative was introduced in 2000 by the Department of Health and has helped to reduce stress, increase motivation and improve productivity by offering flexible working. Read more about the NHS working hours.

NHS employment policies

NHS employment policies are in-place to ensure fair rates of pay for all staff across the whole healthcare system, to provide training and personal development opportunities that will enable people to reach their full potential and good working conditions.

NHS discounts

Many local and national businesses provide discounts and reward schemes specifically for NHS workers to show appreciation for their hard work. From low-cost travel to restaurant discounts, employees can enjoy a wide range of benefits, as long as they show their NHS ID card. Find out more about these rewards at www.healthservicediscounts.com

Other NHS benefits include training, occupational health services and study leave for sponsored courses.

To find out more about why the NHS is a great choice for international workers, read our collection of blogs.