What it’s like working at London Ambulance Service

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  • Not easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for London Ambulance Service workers to change shifts?

    People find it hard to change shifts

    How we know this

    79% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 14 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think London 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

    90% 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 20 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.

  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do London Ambulance Service workers get to choose the shifts they work?

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

    How we know this

    83% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 18 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 good for parents

    Is working at London Ambulance Service good if you have caring responsibilities?

    People say this is a bad place to work if you care for a child or other relative

    How we know this

    100% of people who care for a child or other relative report this isn’t a good place to work

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

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

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

    How we know this

    • 0% report getting one week notice or less
    • 0% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 21% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 79% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 19 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.

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  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful to work at London Ambulance Service?

    Most people feel stressed here

    How we know this

    68% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 19 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do workers at London Ambulance Service get paid breaks?

    Not always. Most people don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    71% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 21 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People are paid below market rates

    Does London Ambulance Service pay market rates?

    Most people are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    54% of people are paid below the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 13 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • No career progression

    Are people given support to progress at London Ambulance Service?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 53% of people report not 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 17 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.

  • People don’t get proper breaks

    Do people at London Ambulance Service get proper breaks?

    Most people don’t get proper breaks

    How we know this

    65% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 20 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.

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  • People recommend their team

    Do people at London Ambulance Service recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    57% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 21 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at London Ambulance Service feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    74% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 19 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.

  • Well informed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how London Ambulance Service is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    53% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 17 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

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  • Easy to book holiday

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

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    80% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 20 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.

  • Easy to take sick leave

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

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    83% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 18 job reviews

  • People enjoy their job

    Do people at London Ambulance Service enjoy their jobs?

    People enjoy their job

    How we know this

    75% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 8 job reviews

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at London 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 21 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.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do London Ambulance Service managers change shifts at short notice?

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

    How we know this

    95% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 19 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.

  • People are paid enough to live on

    Does London Ambulance Service pay enough to live on?

    People are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    90% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 21 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • People get sick pay

    Does London Ambulance Service pay sick pay?

    Yes. People get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    90% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 20 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • No unpaid extra work

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

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    84% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 19 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.

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How London Ambulance Service ranks

London Ambulance Service ranks 3rd to work for in healthcare

  1. 2 Marie Curie
    7.4
  2. 3 London Ambulance Service
    6.9
  3. 4= Belfast Trust
    6.8

Pay ranges at London Ambulance Service

  1. £10.72–24.56 per hour

London Ambulance Service job reviews

  • Best thing

    Driving in blue lights, helping people, delivering babies

    Worst thing

    Shift work, bad management, bullying, people higher up have no clinical experience yet decide how it works on the road

    6.0

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    You get to help people

    Worst thing

    Too much time on the computer

    6.6

    Employee, April 2021

About

The London Ambulance Service responds to health emergencies.

londonambulance.nhs.uk

Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

21%
4+ weeks
79%
fixed rota

Based on 19 employees

How are people paid?

An annual salary 95% of people report they get paid an annual salary

Based on 21 employees

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