Working in the UK

With its prestigious NHS, culture, music and arts, along with its proximity to the rest of Europe, the UK is the best place to further your career.

About the UK 

The United Kingdom (UK) – a sovereign nation made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – lies off the north-western coast of mainland Europe. Home to over 66.5 million people, the UK remains among the world’s leading commercial, financial and cultural centres. 

With a rich history and culture, bustling metropolitan cities, spectacular rural scenery and over 7,000 miles of stunning coastline, it’s no wonder this historical nation attracts more international workers than any other country in the world. It remains a top destination for healthcare professionals seeking an abundant lifestyle along with rewarding career benefits.  

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Why work in the UK?


Culture and lifestyle

The UK represents a diverse range of cultures, largely due to its prevalent history and widespread immigration. Just about anywhere you decide to live in the island nation, you will find a wealth of culture in the people, architecture, music, art, food, sports and beyond. You’ll discover some of the world’s most famous museums, distinguished live music venues and sporting events, as well as the quintessential British pubs along with a celebrated food and hospitality culture.



The UK is one of the major globalised economies, consistently ranking among the top five in the world. Key principles that manage its national economy are market liberalisation, control and low taxation, hence why so many migrants from across the globe settle in the UK.



Not only could you be working in one of the largest and most prestigious healthcare systems in the world, as a legal resident of the UK, you will have access to the NHS and all the benefits of their world-renowned free healthcare – a program few other countries offer. The UK is a world leader when it comes to medicine and research and claims some of the most renowned hospitals and respected medical professionals in the world.


Working conditions

Just about every industry in the UK offers great working conditions with manageable hours, flexibility, fair pay and rewarding benefits. For example, full-time nurses in the NHS work 37.5 hours per week, ensuring you have a healthy work-life balance. However, should you choose to work additional hours you will be rewarded with pay enhancements for every hour of overtime worked. In addition, all workers in the UK on full-time, permanent contracts are entitled to paid holidays. As a healthcare professional working for the NHS you will enjoy 27 paid days per year, plus eight paid bank holidays.

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Travel from the UK

With 24 commercial international airports, traveling around the UK and further abroad is simple and cost effective. The vast majority of Europe is just a short flight or train ride away, meaning the UK is not just a place to live, but an epicentre for travelling the globe.

While making the move to come work in the UK will provide you with unprecedented career prospects, we know many of our candidates also migrate here to take advantage of the incredible travel opportunities that come with it. At Pulse, we certainly encourage our candidates to consider what else the UK has to offer, above and beyond your career goals. The possibilities are endless…

  • Paris is just two hours away via the Eurostar train and only one-hour by air
  • Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and the stunning English countryside are all within one hour of travel
  • Amsterdam and Brussels are both just over a one-hour flight away
  • Regions of stunning Italy, France, Spain and Eastern Europe are all within a two-hour flight.

Why Pulse? 

Registering with Pulse gives you access to fantastic career possibilities with world-leading hospitals in the prestigious National Health Service (NHS), or the many pioneering private healthcare providers in the UK. It’s the best way to advance your professional experience on an international scale, all while living in one of the most exciting places in the world. 

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Professional registration

To work in the UK you need to be registered with the relevant professional body for your specialism.

Eligible visas for working in the UK

There are many different types of visa that allow you to practice in the UK. See what’s best for your circumstances.

Support and guidance

Whatever stage of the journey you’re at, we’re on hand to offer the support and guidance you need to succeed.

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By registering with Pulse today, you’ll gain access to the latest doctor jobs instantly. You also have the option to get in touch with one of our specialist recruiters who can guide you through your job search to help you find your perfect role. We are experts in the healthcare industry which helps us to understand your requirements and provide tailored solutions that fit your needs.