Band 5 nurses - agencies don't always pay more

Our New Year campaign to recruit nurses has begun.

There is a national shortage of qualified nurses in the NHS and in particular, we need to recruit Band 5 RGNs and RMNs.

Nursing agencies are able to offer more in take home pay than the NHS - although this comes at the expense of other benefits the NHS provides such as pension, training, supervision and career development.

We have many nurse career paths to choose from; adult community services, adult mental health and learning disability services, children's services, older people, prisons - to name a few.

We have created a new pay offering for band 5 nurses who come to work for us to address the pay difference. Rather than choosing the standard NHS pay scheme, our new nurses can choose to take the enhanced rate of pay, which when combined with additional pay for unsocial hours, will equal the pay offered by many agencies.

By taking the enhanced pay scheme, new nurses would not be a member of the NHS pension scheme; we will instead be paying them directly the money we would have paid into the NHS pension scheme on their behalf.

Apart from not having an NHS pension, there are no other differences with a standard NHS job. Nurses would have the same entitlements to annual leave, sick pay, training etc and they could change their mind and move between the two pay offers at any time.

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Published on 4th January 2016