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NHS careers 


The NHS is the largest employer in Europe, taking on more than 1.3 million staff. It offers well over 300 different careers in areas that include administration, management, dental, science, nursing and midwifery. Employees range from highly skilled professionals to those with few qualifications. There is the opportunity to progress through training and development, with annual personal reviews
Most employees in the NHS work a standard 37.5 hours a week, and those who work overtime or shifts are rewarded accordingly. Workers receive 27 days’ holiday entitlement every year, which increases to 33 days after 10 years of continuous service. In 2000, the NHS launched its IWL (improving working lives) initiative, with the aim of reducing stress among its workforce. Measures include offering job-share opportunities, providing help with child care and allowing employees greater flexibility
Payment is by a graded band system, with salaries reflecting ability and responsibilities. At the lower scale, general assistant positions offer around £14,000 per annum, while management and specialist roles pay between £30,000 and £40,000. The Service’s pension scheme is said to be one of the UK’s most generous and is fully protected against inflation.