nurse jobs in Uk

If you are a nurse , who dream to ditch the generic and want to build an extraordinary career, then you got to read this one and I am sure you will be excited to take a step ahead.

With so many overseas job opportunities on the net, I believe its strenuous  to choose the right one and make a career move. Before we make a decision we should carefully evaluate the expected benefits from the choice we make. 

Every year thousands of overseas Nursing professionals grab new jobs in the UK, with maximum coming from Philippines and India. Working with the UK’s biggest healthcare organisation -National Healthcare Service (NHS), brings many benefits including an experience into their world class healthcare system and ,a chance to learn and prove your mettle.

Of course the saving potential is the cherry on the cake..!! 

It also provides you a safe living environment in one the most naturally beautiful landscape and as an overseas nurse it is definitely a prestigious option to work with NHS. 

Here are the top reasons to work in the United Kingdom as an overseas nurse.

Secured Job Option

The overseas nurses who work with NHS are given an initial three year contract, providing a long term job security. Also you stand a chance to renew your contract at the end of term and in fact, few of the nurses have served for more than two terms.

Attractive Salary

NHS offers an impressive salary of Band 5 to all the overseas nurses, who have completed registration with Nursing and midwifery council.

Band 5 salary has the range of £24,907 to £30,615. Generally nurses with the experience of up to 2 years get the starting pay, whereas 3-5 years of experienced nurses can get £26,970. 

Converting the same into Indian Rupees will be roughly between 24 lakhs to 28 lakhs per annum.

Manageable work hours

Overseas nurses working in NHS will have a standard working week of 37.5 hours, allowing you to have a healthy work-life balance. However, if you choose to work extra hours, you will be rewarded with attractive overtime allowances.

Additionally if you choose to work on bank holidays and Sundays, you will be paid 60 percent more and if you opt to work for night shifts and Saturdays, you are entitled to earn 30 percent more. 

Free Flight Ticket to UK

The tickets to travel and work in the UK are provided  by the employer and the nurse need not worry about the expenses relating to same.

IELTS / OET coaching cost

To work as a nurse in the UK, the first eligibility criteria is to have a valid IELTS or OET score. Both the exams test English language capabilities of the applicant in the areas of Listening, Reading, Speaking and writing. The candidates often undergo training to prepare for the exam and hence incur a cost, which is later being reimbursed by the employer.

Accommodation Arrangements 

Finding a new home in an unknown country is a stressful task. But when it comes to NHS, your initial accommodation for about 1-3 months is taken care off. It allows you the time to settle down and explore your new city, familiarise yourself with the area and find a place to call home.

Free Training for OSCE Exam

In order to get registered with NMC, the last step in the process involves a practical scenario based exam, to test the ability of the nurse to perform in real-time hospital setting. Unlike any other country, the employers in the UK have arrangements for training the overseas nurses for OSCE exam at the hospital itself, free of cost.

By investing their time and money over this training program they surely prove their seriousness to recruit efficient nurses and their readiness to provide all the required support.

Paid Holidays

All the overseas nurses are entitled to get paid holidays of 27 days every year to travel and to unwind. In addition, they will also be paid for eight bank holiday each year. Hence making it a total of 35 paid holidays every year.

Pension Scheme

The NHS offers one of the best pension schemes in the UK. As a new NHS nurse, you will be automatically enrolled from day one. Your pension contributions — which lie between 7.1% and 9.3% depending on starting salary — are amongst the most secure ones in the UK, providing you with a healthy and vibrant retirement benefits.

Advance salary to cover initial days expenses

While moving from one country to another, the initial expenses can be daunting. However, most of the trusts provide an advance salary on joining, to support the relocation and settling down expenses. 

Reimbursement of Expenses

If I have to explain in a snapshot about the list of  expenses being reimbursed by NHS ?  It’s simply saying –“you get back almost everything you have spent to work in UK”

Below is the list you would not miss to check-

  • Cost for IELTS/OET exam
  • Cost for Computer based Test
  • Cost for OSCE Exam
  • NMC application cost
  • Visa Cost
  • Health Surcharge

Move with family

UK is open to migration of families, which simply means you can have career goals without having to compromise on your personal life. Also education for children up to 12th grade is provided free of cost. Hence reducing the pressure of dependents expenses as well.

 A comprehensive Orientation programme

Your life changes when you decide to move from one country to another, credits extended to the new culture, new work place environment and all unfamiliar processes. However, NHS has ensured that you don’t jump onto the new work style on day 1 itself. A detailed orientation program is provided making the overseas nurse understand the new place, work methodology and local surrounding information, ensuring the transition is comfortable.

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Preeti Bothra

Preeti Bothra

After completing MBA from IBS Hyderabad, I joined the recruitment business. However it was by chance that I started working on Healthcare segment and In the last 6 years I have developed keen interest in helping Nurses shape their career. On the other hand, I am a food lover and enjoy working out when I stop fitting in my dresses :)

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