Why does NHS Scotland get a rating of 6.2?

645 NHS Scotland employees told us the following about their jobs.

645 employees told us the worst thing about this employer…

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Bad
  • People feel stressed

    How we know this

    78% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 618 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.

  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    How we know this

    12% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 557 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.

Not great
  • Breaks aren’t paid

    How we know this

    25% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 603 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.

  • No career progression

    How we know this

    In the last year, 45% 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 557 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.

  • Uninformed about head office

    How we know this

    45% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 528 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.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How we know this

    • 9% report getting one week notice or less
    • 11% report getting two weeks notice
    • 14% report getting three weeks notice
    • 44% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 23% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 466 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.

  • Not easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    48% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 329 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.

  • People do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    51% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 442 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.

Good
  • People are paid market rates

    How we know this

    55% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 554 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.

  • People recommend their team

    How we know this

    51% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 642 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.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    74% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 573 job reviews

  • Good for students

    How we know this

    73% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    Based on information from 26 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should allow you to fit work around important things in your life, like studying.

    Life isn’t just about work. Good jobs make space for you to do well in both.

  • Easy to book holiday

    How we know this

    67% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 575 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.

  • People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    55% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 595 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.

  • Managers are respectful

    How we know this

    63% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 532 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.

  • Enough training

    How we know this

    72% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 605 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.

  • People enjoy their job

    How we know this

    73% of people who enjoy their job

    Based on information from 33 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    How we know this

    60% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 410 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.

  • Good for parents

    How we know this

    67% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 311 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.

Excellent
  • People are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    96% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 557 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.

  • No short notice shift changes

    How we know this

    25% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 447 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 get sick pay

    How we know this

    95% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 619 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.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    11% of people report they worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 253 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.

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About

NHS Scotland is Scotland’s publicly funded medical and healthcare provider.

scot.nhs.uk

How NHS Scotland ranks

NHS Scotland ranks joint 30th to work for in healthcare

  1. 30= Ambulance Service
    6.2
  2. 30= NHS Scotland
    6.2
  3. 30= Vets4Pets
    6.2

Pay ranges at NHS Scotland

  1. £12.83–20.39 per hour

  2. £9.00–11.54 per hour

  3. £9.50–12.85 per hour

  4. £9.66–14.57 per hour

  5. £16.64–25.77 per hour

  6. £9.90–11.49 per hour

  7. £9.24–13.15 per hour

  8. £10.38–12.99 per hour

  9. £20.00–21.31 per hour

  10. £10.00–13.21 per hour

  11. £13.41–23.91 per hour

  12. £16.73–23.41 per hour

  13. £12.92–23.15 per hour

  14. £9.41–11.13 per hour

  15. £11.22–12.64 per hour

  16. £17.61–36.71 per hour

  17. £11.15–20.85 per hour

  18. ODP

    £15.47–18.67 per hour

  19. £4.63–9.86 per hour

NHS Scotland job reviews

  • Best thing

    The people I work with
    Due to my speciality, you get to know patients & families well
    Enjoy doing basic nursing care, ( when my role allows), that's what I came into nursing to do.

    Generally patients/families appreciate what we do for them

    Worst thing

    Lack of nursing staff, to manage a safe environment for everyone.
    Lack of beds for patients & having patients waiting for hours in a waiting room/ other wards for a bed. Patients having to be moved to other wards to make beds for admissions
    Amount of admin work that is expected on a daily basis, I can spend up to half a shift on a computer. Amount of paperwork at the end of a patients bed/ in their folders.

    6.5

    Senior Staff nurse, March 2021

    • Manages people
    • £35,000 per year, working a 33 hour week
  • Best thing

    The team I work with
    The patients I meet

    Worst thing

    Not enough staffing in each area of ED department.
    Not being able to give care to patients and families when department busy, long bed waits and general stressful situations which jeopardises patient safety and good quality nursing care

    7.2

    Charge nurse, January 2021

    • Manages people
    • £16.50 per hour
    • 25 or older

Jobs by location

  1. 20 job openings

  2. 11 job openings

  3. 5 job openings

  4. 5 job openings

  5. 5 job openings

  6. 3 job openings

  7. 3 job openings

  8. 2 job openings

  9. 2 job openings

  10. 1 job opening

  11. 1 job opening

  12. 1 job opening

  13. 1 job opening

Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

9% report getting one week notice or less
11% report getting two weeks notice
14% report getting three weeks notice
44% report getting four weeks notice or more
23% report having a fixed rota

Based on 466 employees

How are people paid?

40%
by the hour
60%
an annual salary

Based on 645 employees

What contracts are people on?

8% report having zero hours contracts
5% report having low hours contracts (less than 16 hours)
50% report having part time contracts (16-35 hours)
37% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 242 employees

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