Everyone who joins the NHS is guaranteed a salary that matches their ability and responsibilities, and is given every opportunity to increase it through training and development. The salary scale is dependent upon relevant transferable skills and experience. 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 29 after five years and 33 days after ten years' service
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.
The NHS will pay the equivalent of 14.3% of your earnings into your pension, and you only have to pay either 5.6%, 7.1% or 9.3% depending on your specific earnings. For example: for a paramedic at the bottom of band 5 but with 25% unsocial hours payments earning a total of £27,386 a year we will put £3,916 into your pension and you’d put in £2,547.
For paramedic vacancies - you will commence on a Band 5 pay scale rising in annual increments from £21,909 to £28,462 (based on AfC pay rate 2016/17). On top of this we pay an allowance of up to 25% for working unsocial hours.
We recognise that the health and wellbeing of our staff is vitally important and therefore it’s something we take very seriously. Whether it’s a change in your life circumstances, issues outside of work or the impact of an incident in work we have a range of services to support you.
Through our Occupational Health Services you can access counselling and physiotherapy to support your mental and physical wellbeing. We have also signed up to the MIND Blue Light Pledge which aims to support staff in emergency services who experience mental health issues. This combined with our Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award demonstrates our positive approach to supporting staff.
As a Trust we also take a proactive approach to flexible working, careers breaks and flexible retirement, along with offering a range of other support and benefits.
Do you pay for registered childcare? It might be cheaper for you to pay for it with childcare vouchers purchased through Fidelity and deducted from your salary. Childcare vouchers are offered by exchanging a portion of your salary for vouchers which gives you a financial saving as the amount received in vouchers is exempt from Tax and National Insurance. The vouchers are widely accepted by registered childcare providers, such as child minders, nurseries and before and after school clubs.
Every year the influenza vaccination is offered to NHS staff as a way to reduce the risk of staff contracting the flu virus and transmitting it to patients or their family members. Healthcare workers may transmit the illness to patients even if they are mildly or sub-clinically infected. Staff who do not have contact with patients are also eligible for the free vaccination.
Our employees are eligible for the Cyclescheme package. Within the Government’s Green Transport Plan, there’s a tax exemption which allows employers to provide cycles and safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. The employer buys the bikes and safety accessories at full retail price. The balance is recovered from a reduction in the employee’s gross salary, and employers also benefit from National Insurance contribution savings.
A career break is an extended period of unpaid leave, which is available for approved purposes and subject to specific conditions. It offers an opportunity to take an extended period away from work which exceeds that offered by normal leave arrangements or other options, such as parental leave. The Career Break Scheme is a discretionary provision and the Trust will consider a range of circumstances when making a decision on individual requests.
Study leave will be facilitated for employees who are on a study programme supported by the Trust, where they are required to sit examinations as part of their course. Two half days study leave will be granted per exam – half a day for study and half a day to sit the exam.
There are a range of discount services available to NHS staff and their families, these include: gym membership, days out, eating out, mortgages and more.