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Creating a new NHS England: Health Education England, NHS Digital and NHS England have merged. More about the merger.

Core benefits

We want all our colleagues to feel supported, enjoy their working environment and live healthy lives. You will find that we have designed our core benefits to support you in your work and to help you develop in your career.

Compensation and pension

The majority of our roles fall within the NHS pay structure which starts at band 1 and rises to band 9. Clinical and senior staff such as directors are covered under different contracts. 

As an employer, we contribute 20% of your salary towards your pension, and your contribution varies based on your salary. You can check your contribution levels on the NHS Employers site.

Career development

When you join NHS Digital, you will be given access to a range of courses to develop you on a technical, professional and personal level.

We work with various suppliers to bring you a range of both formal and informal training for whichever area of the business you’re in. 

Flexible working

We recognise that there is more to life than work. At NHS Digital, we’re more about fitting work into your life, than arranging your life around work. 

Flexible working arrangements are considered where the role and personal circumstances are suitable. 

Employees may be eligible for:

  • compressed working, like working 37.5 hours over four days rather than five 
  • part-time working, where you work less than the full hours each week
  • job sharing, where you split a role with another person
  • home working, where you can work at home permanently 

Time off

Taking time to rest and enjoy life outside of work is important too and our colleagues can expect a minimum of 35 days off a year, including bank holidays. Your holiday entitlement will increase the longer you work with us, going up to 37 days after 5 years’ service and 41 days after 10 years of service. 

You will also have the chance to buy or sell up to one week of leave. 

Extra leave whenever you need it

We know that sometimes you need time off in an emergency, or when big things happen in your life.

You can ask for leave including:

  • parental leave
  • compassionate leave (including enhanced child bereavement leave)
  • leave for medical appointments
  • time off due to sickness 

We will also help support you if you have community commitments outside of work, including:

  • being a school governor
  • being part of a military reserve or territorial unit

Maternity and paternity leave

We are family-friendly, and we support our colleagues who are having babies or choosing to adopt.

For maternity leave, staff who have 12 months NHS service by the eleventh week before expected childbirth get:

  • 8 weeks of leave on full pay
  • a further 18 weeks on half pay
  • the remaining 26 weeks on unpaid leave

You can opt to share this time off with your partner. 

Two weeks of paid paternity leave are also available for partners with 12 months of service.

Travel and shopping discounts

You will be eligible for the following:

Last edited: 20 April 2022 2:22 pm