Nursing is a rewarding and challenging profession that requires dedication, compassion, and a desire to help others. 

Agency nursing in the UK is an exciting and fulfilling career path that offers many benefits and advantages from higher pay rates to fantastic opportunities for career progression.

If you have experience within healthcare and you’re looking for a role with variety and flexibility, you might be looking to explore the option of agency work. 

As a recruitment agency, we work closely with NHS Trusts across the nation, who offer rewarding nursing opportunities with a range of benefits.

With this said, here are the top six benefits to becoming an agency nurse. 


One of the significant advantages of being an agency nurse is the flexibility it provides. Agency nurses can choose when and where they want to work, giving them the freedom to create a work-life balance that suits them. 

This flexibility allows agency nurses to work around their family commitments, education, or other responsibilities that they may have.

Agency nurses can also choose the type of work they want to do, whether it’s working in a hospital, care home, or community setting. This choice allows agency nurses to gain experience in various healthcare settings and specialties, broadening their skills and knowledge.

Higher pay rates

Agency nurses in the UK typically receive higher pay rates than permanent nurses. The reason for this is that agency nurses are employed on a temporary basis to cover staff shortages, which means that they are paid more to reflect this.

It’s reported that the hourly rate of an agency nurse can be up to 66% more than permanent bank staff members. 

The higher pay rates for agency nurses provide an opportunity for them to earn more money than they would as permanent nurses, which can be a significant incentive for those looking to increase their income.

Opportunities for career development

Agency nursing in the UK provides excellent opportunities for career development. Agency nurses can gain experience in different specialties which will allow them to work with different healthcare professionals and learn from their experiences.

The variety of work opportunities that agency nursing provides allows nurses to work with a variety of patient groups and to then find their niche and specialise in an area of interest. It also provides opportunities to network with other healthcare professionals.

This can lead to opportunities for further education and training, which can enhance their job prospects and salary potential.

Improved work-life balance

Agency nursing can provide an improved work-life balance for nurses by allowing them to work around their personal commitments.

This flexibility also means that agency nurses can take time off when they need it, allowing them to focus on their family, hobbies, or other interests. 

Improved work-life balance can lead to reduced stress and burnout, which can be common in permanent nursing positions.

No long-term commitments

Another benefit of working as an agency nurse is that there are no long-term commitments. Agency nurses are often employed on a temporary or contract basis, which means that they have the freedom to take time off between assignments or switch agencies if they are not happy with their current employer. 

This flexibility can be very beneficial for nurses who are looking for short-term employment or who want to try out different healthcare settings before committing to a permanent position.

SCG perks

At Spencer Clarke Group, we also offer fantastic training, sign up and referral benefits to agency nurses and healthcare professionals. 

With such benefits, you can be rest assured that we’ll be with you every step of the way to provide a first class service. 

Maybe you’re not searching for a new role yourself but you know someone on the lookout? For every successful referral you have the chance to earn up to £250* in vouchers so be sure to pass their details on (*terms and conditions apply and you must have permission to pass any contact details on).

In conclusion, working as an agency nurse in the UK offers many advantages. 

The flexibility, professional development opportunities and lack of long-term commitments make it an attractive career choice for many healthcare professionals.

If you are a nurse looking for a flexible and rewarding career, why not take a look at all the latest nursing jobs available or upload your CV now.

Who is Spencer Clarke Group? 

Since 2017, we've been changing the face of recruitment. From our employees, to the way we do business, to the culture within our office, we're determined to make a difference and create a positive impact on everyone around us.

Recruitment to us isn't just about matching candidates and clients; we’re passionate about finding candidates the perfect job which has the ability to boost their salary and standard of living, better their work life balance and improve their mental health. 

Similarly, we understand the impact which an experienced and skilled employee can make to a business and we love seeing clients thrive through the hard work of candidates which we have placed with them. 

We operate in two sectors:

Private Sector

Public Sector 

In eleven specialisms:

Accountancy & Finance

Education & SEND

Construction, Trades & Labour

Healthcare, Social Care & Nursing


Corporate Functions & Business Support

HR & Workforce Development

IT & Digital

Property & Asset Management  

Planning, Development & Regeneration 

Highways, Infrastructure & Engineering

If you’re searching for a new role, why not visit our job page to take a look at the latest opportunities? Alternatively, upload your CV and one of our experienced consultants will contact you when a relevant opportunity becomes available. 

If you’re struggling to fill a role, why don’t you give us a call on 01772 954200 to see how we can help? One of our consultants will be happy to listen to the challenges which you are facing and advise on the best possible solution for you.

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