Benefits of working for the NHS

Working for the NHS
April 1, 2022
Benefits of working for the NHS

For overseas healthcare workers there are a number of benefits when working for the NHS. With a fair and transparent pay structure, and a generous pension scheme, as an NHS employee, you’ll have unique access to health service discounts scheme too.  

Annual leave

The NHS has one of the most competitive and supportive benefits packages in the healthcare sector including:

  • Lengths of working week
  • Annual leave
  • Career progression

Flexible working

The NHS has flexible working options and benefits, ranging from childcare vouchers to help you obtain a healthy work life balance and compressed hours.

Annual review

You will be looked after in the NHS, with an annual personal development review and plan to support your career aspirations.  

There are also development opportunities and access to training courses for all full and part-time staff.  

Cycle to work

The NHS offers its employees cycle to work vouchers available via Bikes for Staff.  

This allows you to buy bikes and accessories at a discounted rate from a range of retail stores across the UK.

Counselling service

The NHS cares about your mental health and has a counselling service to help you discuss work or personal issues confidentially.  

You’ll have access to a free, independent and confidential counselling service provided by Workplace Options. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NHS pension schemes

There are two NHS pension schemes: the 1995/2008 scheme and 2015 scheme.  

Although there are a few differences between the two, they both include pension and lump sum on retirement, ill health retirement and death in service benefits.  

Your contribution is dependent on your full-time equivalent salary but with an employer contribution of 14.4%.  

NHS discounts

As an employee of an NHS trust, you will have access to health service discounts on a range of products and services.  

You’ll be able to save money on supermarket giants Waitrose, Asda, Sainsbury’s and more.  

You’ll benefit from money saving deals and vouchers, including travel and holiday deals, top hotel discounts, relaxing airport lounge and airport parking discounts, restaurant deals through to mobile phone deals, utilities, and gym membership.  

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