Working as a Nurse in the United Kingdom
Each year more than 15,000 nurses from all over the world travel to the United Kingdom to find a rewarding career in the medical field. Due its stable economy and unique attractions, it is on top of the bucket list of most Filipinos.
Furthermore, there are high demands for RMN’s, RGN’s, Nurse Managers and specialist nursing jobs like A&E(Emergency Department), ICU, Pediatric, Scrub, Anesthetic and Recovery.
Nurses in the UK are graded in seniority from grade A to grade I. Registered nurses usually begins at grade D. Starting salary for newly registered nurses are expected at around £17,000 or $21,100 dollars. Senior Level I take home up to £30,000 or $37,200 a month. That is almost Php 1.8 million per month!
In the UK, you have the option to work for the National Health Services (NHS) or the private sector. NHS employs 1.7 million people and is the largest employer in Europe. Most nurses find the working conditions less pressured in private hospitals due to the favorable ratio of nurses to patients. However, many specialist positions exist as part of the NHS system. Private hospitals normally pay higher rates than NHS facilities.
If you would be stationed in London where the cost of living is higher elsewhere, you can expect a living allowance up to £4,000 p.a. in addition to your salary as a registered nurse for both NHS and private hospitals.
Working as a nurse in the United Kingdom is truly a greener pasture especially for Filipinos. Seize the current opportunity and establish your medical profession in this European country.