Paramedic at Ambulance Service

People in this role may also be known as paramedics.

108 workers in this role at Ambulance Service have taken the survey.

How much does Ambulance Service pay paramedics?

Paramedic at Ambulance Service
£12.12–21.15
Typical range
£12.13–21.37

Paramedic employees at Ambulance Service are typically paid £12.12–21.15 an hour, based on data from 108 employees.

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What is management like for paramedic employees at Ambulance Service?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do paramedics think Ambulance Service head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    91% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 103 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

Good
  • Managers are respectful

    Do paramedics at Ambulance Service feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    60% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 96 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

Here’s a recent review that mentions management:

  • Best thing

    Working with no manager looking over your shoulder

    Worst thing

    Constant time constraints

    4.7

    Paramedic, December 2020

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What are the hours like for paramedic employees at Ambulance Service?

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  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do paramedics at Ambulance Service get to choose the shifts they work?

    People don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    79% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 96 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

Not great
  • Not easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for paramedics to book a holiday at Ambulance Service?

    Most people find it hard to book holidays

    How we know this

    63% of people report it’s hard to book holidays

    Based on information from 106 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do paramedics get of their shift pattern at Ambulance Service?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 1% report getting one week notice or less
    • 2% report getting two weeks notice
    • 5% report getting three weeks notice
    • 47% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 45% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 106 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Good
  • People get proper breaks

    Do paramedics at Ambulance Service get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks

    How we know this

    52% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 102 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

Excellent
  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for paramedics to take sick leave at Ambulance Service?

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    84% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 100 job reviews

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Ambulance Service managers change paramedics shifts at short notice?

    Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    77% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 105 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do paramedics at Ambulance Service do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    76% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 104 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do paramedics at Ambulance Service worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    90% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 21 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    Helping people in their hour of need

    Worst thing

    Ever changing policy that makes working conditions more difficult

    5.2

    Paramedic, November 2020

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What is career progression like for paramedics at Ambulance Service?

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  • Opportunities to progress

    Are paramedics given support to progress at Ambulance Service?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 62% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 100 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

Excellent
  • Enough training

    Do paramedics get enough training when they start at Ambulance Service?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    81% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 108 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

Latest reviews from paramedics at Ambulance Service

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  • Best thing

    There are no good points it's just a job.

    Worst thing

    The management

    5.5

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    8 day rest break

    Worst thing

    Poor support from management, bullying and harassment

    2.7

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    The job itself is great

    Worst thing

    Management, bullying and harassment, lack of action against managers yet the front line staff are threatened with registration

    2.5

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Feeling like you’ve made a difference

    Worst thing

    Organisation and its culture

    6.5

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Variety

    Worst thing

    Risk to self and colleagues

    3.4

    Paramedic, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Helping people

    Worst thing

    Hassle abuse long hours

    5.2

    Paramedic, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Variety, feel like I’m making a difference

    Worst thing

    Relentless, late breaks and finishes, hard to get annual leave when you want it

    4.0

    Paramedic, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Regular pay

    Worst thing

    Management, bullying, shifts, hours, lack of support, lack of training and advancement, missed meal breaks and poor pay.

    4.0

    Paramedic, December 2020

  • Best thing

    Actually making a difference

    Worst thing

    Lack of respect or appreciation from management and public.

    4.2

    Paramedic, December 2020

  • Best thing

    Helping people in need

    Worst thing

    Long hours
    Demands of the job
    Poor management

    4.5

    Paramedic, December 2020

  • Best thing

    Working with no manager looking over your shoulder

    Worst thing

    Constant time constraints

    4.7

    Paramedic, December 2020

  • Best thing

    Helping people in their hour of need

    Worst thing

    Ever changing policy that makes working conditions more difficult

    5.2

    Paramedic, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Out and about
    Helping people
    Camaraderie

    Worst thing

    Danger
    Always late
    Burnout
    Awful pay

    4.7

    Paramedic, November 2020

  • Best thing

    The 1% of proper emergencies

    Worst thing

    Long hours attending driving to people under emergency conditions, who don't need any emergrncy intervention - most of the job

    5.8

    Paramedic, November 2020

  • Best thing

    A job like no other

    Worst thing

    Condition.

    4.9

    Paramedic, November 2020

  • Best thing

    The variety. The reward of doing your job well

    Worst thing

    Pressure of the workload. Long delays at hospital. Inappropriate calls that increase both of the above. A sense, sometimes, that nobody really appreciates what you are doing/achieving.

    7.6

    Paramedic, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Regular pay,
    Sick pay,

    Worst thing

    Stress levels

    6.8

    Paramedic, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Helping people

    Worst thing

    Managements clandestine plans that are detrimental to patients and staff

    6.1

    Paramedic, November 2020

  • Best thing

    The difference you make to other people

    Worst thing

    Time targets and pressure from management

    5.8

    Paramedic, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Satisfaction when my input has lead to a good outcome.

    Worst thing

    Overworked. Constant late finishes and late or missed breaks

    5.8

    Paramedic, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Team , and helping others

    Worst thing

    Long shifts , no breach’s , and it breaks you mentally and physically , with no support from mangers

    4.0

    Specialist paramedic, October 2020

  • Best thing

    Patient outcomes

    Worst thing

    Dealing with management
    Unable to have family time

    4.2

    Specialist paramedic, October 2020

  • Best thing

    making a difference

    Worst thing

    not making a difference

    6.6

    Paramedic, October 2020

  • Best thing

    Helping people

    Worst thing

    Unrealistic targets and time constraints

    5.8

    Paramedic, September 2020

  • Best thing

    Meeting different people and helping them

    Worst thing

    Time constraint and inappropriate calls

    4.5

    Paramedic, July 2020

  • Best thing

    Colleagues, helpingbpeople

    Worst thing

    Hours, shift work

    8.2

    Paramedic, December 2019

How Ambulance Service ranks

Ambulance Service ranks joint 9th to work for in paramedic employers

  1. 8 East of England Ambulance Service
    6.3
  2. 9= Ambulance Service
    6.2
  3. 9= NHS
    6.2