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The benefits: what we offer you

Every day, our work saves lives and changes lives. Working at NHS Digital offers a range of very rewarding opportunities.

What we do matters

The work we do at NHS Digital makes a positive impact on people's lives. But that's not the only reward. As an employer, we offer a range of benefits to support you in your work, and to help you develop in your career.


Your pay

We pay fairly, generously, and regularly. Your job will have a pay band between 1 and 9, following the NHS Agenda for Change pay structure.

Very senior staff above band 9 (usually directors) will have personal contracts.

Some clinical staff will be on a separate pay framework. 

We review your salary every year and pay progression happens in a predictable way, depending on your performance.

Your salary will increase in-line with increases across the NHS, as well as any progression through length of service and performance.


When we work

Full time staff work 37.5 hours a week, which is normally 7.5 hours a day.

Normal working hours are between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday, and managers will try and accommodate the particular hours you'd like to work during that time.

The flexibility will depend on your role, but we will always try and work around what works best for you.

You can agree with your manager what your hours of work are, or if they can be fully flexible over the week.

Employees can also request flexible working including:

  • 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
When I needed to flex my working hours because of some tests I was having done at hospital, my boss couldn't have been more supportive, helping me manage my workload. My team were great too, and we made sure that all the tasks were covered, so nothing got missed.

You can find more details on our flexible working patterns and leave in our section on working for your wellbeing.


Time off work

Life isn't all about work, and working for the NHS means that you enjoy a generous holiday allowance.

Staff can expect at least 35 days off a year, including bank holidays.

Long-serving members of staff get up to 41 days a year.

Generally you can take holiday when you like, but you need to agree it with your manager. In some cases, managers may need to arrange holidays between staff so that a minimum staffing level keeps the business running as it should.

The amount of holiday you get depends on how long you've been working for the NHS (not just NHS Digital).

You can expect to get holiday in line with this table:

How long you have worked for the NHS Days holiday
When you join 27 days + 8 bank holidays
After five years service 29 days + 8 bank holidays
After ten years service 33 days + 8 bank holidays

Buying and selling holiday

Every year, staff get the chance to buy or sell annual leave. You can buy or sell up to one working week of leave.

The cost is calculated based on your salary (one day being 1/365 of your annual salary).

Tax is still payable on money you receive from selling your holiday.


Maternity, paternity and other types of leave

We have good provision for leave if you have a baby (or adopt), and to help you deal with other major life events.

You can read more in our section on working for your wellbeing.


NHS pension

The NHS offers a very generous pension. New starters to the NHS will join the latest scheme, although if you're joining from another NHS organisation you may already be on an older version, and you will stay with that scheme.

As an employer, NHS Digital contributes 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.


Sustainable travel

You have access to a range of lease cars through a salary sacrifice scheme with NHS fleet solutions, including an amazing range of electric and hybrid vehicles.

This means that you can drive a brand new lease car at a great rate, paid from your pre-tax salary.

Some of our sites also benefit from electric vehicle charging.

If you use public transport, we also offer a season ticket loan to help you spread the cost.

And if cycling is more your thing, you can join our 'bike to work' scheme to get hold of a new bike, and spread the cost through salary deductions.

You can claim up to £3k for an e-bike and cycle to work across greater distances.


NHS discounts

The NHS is one of the most-valued organisations in the country, and as a member of NHS staff, you can look forward to discounts at a wide range of outlets.

At some, you can just show your NHS Digital ID card, and you will also be eligible to join schemes such as Blue Light Card, and Health Service Discounts.

Last edited: 29 July 2021 1:04 pm