Pay and Employee Benefits


If you work for the Northern Trust you have the benefit of Agenda for Change pay, terms and conditions, a pension scheme were the Employer contributes about two thirds of the cost, a range of family friendly policies and the support of an Occupational Health Service and staff counselling service.

All staff, apart from Senior Executives, Medical and Dental, are appointed to a ‘pay band’ and move up the scale on a yearly basis subject to meeting the required standard. See Agenda for Change pay scales 2017.

A Department of Health pay circular outlines the remuneration of hospital medical and dental staff, doctors and dentists in public health and the community health service, and dentists in the community dental service and salaried personal dental service. These rates have applied since 1 April 2010.

Annual Leave and Public Holidays

Our terms and conditions of employment are very attractive to include annual leave entitlement up to 33 days if you have 10 years service and work over a five day week. There are also 10 public holidays for staff during the year. The leave year commences in April

Annual leave entitlement
On first appointment
27 days annual leave + 10 public holidays
After 5 years service
29 days annual leave + 10 public holidays
After 10 years service
33 days annual leave + 10 public holidays
All entitlements are pro rata for part-time staff

Other types of paid leave


For staff who have one year of service at the beginning of the 11th week before their expected week of childbirth (EWC) and 26 weeks continuous service with the Trust at the beginning of the 15th week before their EWC are entitled to full maternity leave entitlements of 8 weeks full pay, 18 weeks half pay plus SMP,13 weeks SMP only, and up to 13 weeks unpaid leave. This is a total of 52 weeks or one year.

Paid time off is also allowed to attend doctor/hospital appointments and antenatal classes


Staff who have 52 weeks continuous service by beginning of the expected week of childbirth (EWC) are entitled to two weeks full pay. If they have 26 weeks continuous service at 15 weeks before the EWC they are entitled to two weeks off with full pay for three days and the rest at Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rate.


Adoption entitlement is similar to maternity leave and paid time off is allowed for staff to attend official meetings as part of the adoption process


In emergency situations and unforeseen circumstances applying to immediate family only, all staff are entitled to take short periods of leave with pay, from a half day to three days in any one period, up to a maximum of 12 days four times a year.

There is also a number of unpaid leave policies such as time off for dependents and parental leave which allow people with dependants and children to take time off without pay to allow them to fulfil caring roles.

Work Life Balance

We have developed a range of flexible working practices to include flexi-time, job-share, part time working, career breaks, phased returns to work after maternity leave and sick leave. Marriage leave, emergency leave, adoption leave, paternity and parental leave, bereavement and special leave can also be applied for.

Occupational sick pay

Staff are entitled to occupational sick pay based on their length of service. There is also an absence policy which is designed to ensure staff have a supportive working environment and that conditions of employment are conducive to good health, positive staff morale and reducing absence.

The Trust provides practical support in a number of ways to promote improved health and well being including:

  • A confidential occupational health service and staff counselling service
  • A safe working environment
  • Training and advice on specific work issues such as moving and handling
  • Annual flu immunisation
  • Physiotherapy service 
  • Regular events which promote staff health and wellbeing


All staff can join the Health and Social care Pension Scheme where two thirds of the amount is contributed by the Trust. This offers the following:

  •  A pension and tax free lump sum on retirement
  •  Life insurance cover
  • Voluntary early retirement
  • Ill-health retirement benefits
  • Redundancy benefits
  • Family benefits
  • Options to give up some of the annual pension for an additional lump sum

Employers contributions to the scheme are 15.7% and staff contribute from 5% to 8.5 % depending on their salary.

Page last updated:08 May 2017