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Why would you want to work for NHS Wales?

Here are 7 of the many great reasons to work for NHS Wales:

  1. It’s a rewarding job choice with amazing opportunities!
    With over 350 roles to choose from you can spend your whole career with NHS Wales making a real difference to your local community.
  2. We’ll invest in you
    We pay the fees for a number of healthcare degrees and there are also bursaries available.
  3. You don’t have to go to university to work in NHS Wales
    We’ll train you on the job, which means you can start earn while you learn!
  4. We’ll help you achieve your career goal
    With an annual personal development review we’ll support your career aspirations.
  5. Want job satisfaction? You’ve got it!
    Because we bring likeminded people to together you’ll be in good company.
  6. Achieve work/life balance
    If 28 days leave and bank holidays weren’t enough you can also purchase extra leave. We also have a range of flexible working patterns and enhancements for working on weekends.
  7. As an NHS Wales employee your views matter
    We consult our staff as part of decision making processes by inviting them to take part in staff surveys.


You’ll get loads of perks and here are just some of them:

  • Incremental pay increases
  • 37.5 hour standard working week
  • Pay enhancements for shifts, overtime or out of hours
  • 28 days holiday that increases with service plus bank holidays
  • The NHS Pension Scheme is one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK
  • Occupational health & counselling services
  • NHS Discounts
  • Flexible working arrangements to strike work/life balance
  • Childcare vouchers


The following information is a guide for the NHS Wales Agenda for Change pay scales. This covers all staff, with the exception of Drs, Dentist and very senior managers. When applying for a position you should check the banding with the employer.  

*Bands 2 and 3 can progress to the top of scale after 2 years in post.

For information about medical and dental pay and conditions visit Health in Wales.

Band Pay Scales Possible Roles
2* £20,758 - £21,318 Health Records Clerk, Receptionist, Radiology Department Assistant, Hotel Facilities Assistant
3* £21,730 - £23,177 Physiotherapy Technician, Payroll Officer, Call Handler, Medical Technical Officer
4 £23,949 - £26,282 Communication Develop Officer, Dental Nurse, Personal Assistant, Plumber
5 £27,055 - £32,934 Newly qualified registered professional (nurse, physiotherapist, podiatrist, etc), Librarian, Translator
6 £33,706 - £40,588 Theatre Practitioner, Senior Dental Technologist, Health Visitor
7 £41,659 - £47,673 Clinical Psychologist, Senior ICT Project Manager, Property Surveyor, Report Radiographer
8A £48,526 - £54,619 Senior Performance Standards Engineer (Ventilation)
8B £56,164 - £65,262 Lead Infrastructure Architect
8C £67,064 - £77,274 Head of Psychology and Psychological Therapies
8D £79,592 - £91,787 Deputy Director of Workforce and Organisation




£95,135 - £109,475

Chief Pharmacist