Nursing in the UK
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Flights and relocation

Some hospitals will pay your airfare or part of your airfare to the UK if you are non UK based. This is normally contingent upon completing a specific time period with the Trust.

Most hospitals offer

  • Salary advance to assist with Public Transport Costs
  • Family Friendly Policies
  • Child care facilities
  • Study leave
  • Occupational Health
  • Fitness and leisure
  • On site Banking

High cost area supplements

  • Area Level (1 April 2013) Inner London, 20% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £4,076 and a maximum payment of £6,279
  • Outer London, 15% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £3,448 and a maximum payment of £4,395
  • Fringe, 5% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £942 and a maximum payment of £1,632

Payment and on call

You will be paid monthly in arrears by the 25th day of the month, by direct credit transfer. If your work in standard hours, excluding overtime and work arising from on-call duties, is carried out in unsocial hours you will receive pay enhancements.  The NHS Staff Council reviews pay arrangements for all employees (excluding medical staff).

If you are required to be on call as part of your duties, you will be paid as follows:

  • Frequency of on-call, value of enhancement as % of basic pay
  • 1 in 3 or more frequent -9.5%
  • 1 in 6 or more but less than 1 in 3- 4.5%
  • 1 in 9 or more but less than 1 in 6- 3.0%
  • 1 in 12 or more but less than 1 in 9- 2.0%
  • Less than 1 in 12 -1.0%

Hours of work

The hours of work for the post are 37.5 hours per week, exclusive of breaks.

Entitlement to holidays

Annual leave entitlement is calculated on the basis of aggregated NHS service, and is as follows:

  • Length of NHS service – Paid Annual Leave (hourly basis for staff working on shifts other than 7.5 hours)
  • On appointmen – 27 days (202.5 hours)
  • After 5 years service – 29 days (217.5 hours)
  • After 10 years service – 33 days (247.5 hours)

In addition you are entitled to eight days general public holidays (60.0 hours).

The annual leave period runs from your start date with the Trust.  When you leave the Trust you will paid for any outstanding annual leave due at the termination date.  If you have taken annual leave in excess of your entitlement your final salary will be adjusted accordingly.


For information on the taxation system in the UK please visit Taxation in the UK.