Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics)


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Ambulance staff transport sick, injured and convalescent persons and give first aid treatment in emergencies.


Academic qualifications are not normally required. Entry requirements vary between ambulance services. Entrants must normally have possessed a full clean driving licence for one to two years and have health clearance. Entrants undertake a minimum of 2 weeks training in first aid and patient care. Successful trainees are then attached to an ambulance station where they work under the guidance of a trained supervisor for a probationary period before working unsupervised.

Typical tasks

  • helps patients into and out of ambulance;
  • drives ambulance or accompanies driver to transport patients to hospitals or other treatment centres and homes;
  • ascertains nature of injuries and provides first aid treatment;
  • cleans and disinfects ambulance after use and carries out routine care of ambulance equipment;
  • replenishes medical supplies in ambulance as necessary.

Common job titles

Attendant, station, ambulance
Carer, patient, ambulance
Assistant, care, ambulance
Attendant, ambulance
Driver, ambulance
Officer, ambulance
Supervisor (ambulance service)
Worker, support, care, emergency
Leader, section (ambulance service)
Technician, medical, emergency
Driver, transport, patient
Attendant, room, ambulance
Attendant (ambulance service)
Leader, team (ambulance service)
Driver-attendant, ambulance
Crew, ambulance
Assistant, care, emergency
Technician, ambulance
Leader, shift (ambulance service)
Cadet (ambulance service)
Medic, offshore