The benefits of working for Sue Ryder

Interested in joining Sue Ryder, but want to know more about our benefits? If you’re interested in joining our team to be there when it matters, you might want to know more about the benefits we offer.

A Sue Ryder Nurse at The Chantry

What annual leave entitlements do you offer?

If you are joining us from the NHS we will honour your NHS annual leave entitlement, of up to 30 days.

Working with Sue Ryder you will receive 25 days annual leave every year, rising to 27 days in the year you reach your 5th years’ service then 30 days in the year of your 10 years’ service.

In addition to your annual leave entitlement all staff are entitled to 8 days or 60 hours Bank Holiday Leave every year. And if you’re working nights, weekends or public holidays you will receive competitive enhanced pay.

Are your bands and pay scales the same as what is offered by the NHS?

At Sue Ryder we offer our own, unique pay and development framework.

If you would like more information on this speak to our friendly recruitment team by emailing

I am joining Sue Ryder from the NHS. Can I transfer my NHS pension across?

Yes, as a healthcare professional you can transfer across your NHS pension when you join Sue Ryder as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • You are medical staff, qualified nursing and therapy staff on Grades 5 to 8 of Sue Ryder’s clinical pay framework, or are staff on Grades 2 to 4 of the pay framework and deliver care directly to our patients.
  • You have been a paying member of an NHS pension in the last 12 months.

If you are not coming from the NHS, Sue Ryder offers both an auto-enrolment pension scheme with The Peoples Pension and a Group Personal Pension Scheme with Royal London with employer contributions of up to 5%.

What other leave entitlements are offered at Sue Ryder?

Sue Ryder offers enhanced maternity and paternity pay, with maternity leave offering 26 weeks of Enhanced Maternity Pay (Full Pay for 8 weeks and then half your basic pay for 18 weeks) and 26 weeks of Ordinary Maternity Pay.

For paternity leave eligible employees are entitled to two weeks paternity leave paid at full pay.

We also have an enhanced Bereavement Policy (which reflects what we are asking the Government to introduce through our current bereavement leave campaign) which enables colleagues to take two weeks of bereavement leave on full pay if an immediate family member dies, or four weeks if a child under the age of 18 dies.

As a charity, do you offer your staff any special benefits or discounts?

Sue Ryder employees have the chance to access a range of fantastic offers and discounts at over 1,200 retailers including all of the large supermarkets, Currys, M&S, Boohoo, Expedia and many other high street brands via PeoplePerks.

All Sue Ryder employees also qualify for a 10% retail discount from Sue Ryder online. 

Our employees and their families also have access to helpful advice and guidance on matters such as Finances, Healthy Eating, Yoga and Exercise and Mental Health through our Wellbeing Hub.

The wellbeing of our colleagues is very important to us and there are a range of resources available to support colleagues with their mental health. Our Mental Health First Aiders are on hand to support anyone who needs it, and are available to listen, reassure and respond to anyone who may be experiencing mental health issues or emotional distress.

Our Employee Assistance Programme, provides you and your family with counselling and advice on a variety of personal or workplace issues.

We also support our staff’s financial wellbeing through a Debt Consolidation Scheme and run webinars to support staff wellbeing.

Love cycling? We offer an enhanced Cycle to Work scheme through which you can purchase tax free a bicycle or eBike for use on your commute or for leisure.

Sue Ryder also has a partnership with a car lease scheme where you can pay for a brand new car from a selection of 100s makes and models and make tax savings.

A smiling Sue Ryder Nurse in the conservatory of one of our hospices

Start your career in palliative care

At Sue Ryder, we have many different palliative care roles. We're always looking for Registered Nurses and Nursing Assistants to help us provide expert, compassionate care when it matters most, helping people through the toughest times of their lives.