Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Nurses provide general and/or specialised nursing care for the sick, injured and others in need of such care, assist medical doctors with their tasks and work with other healthcare professionals and within teams of healthcare workers. They advise on and teach nursing practice.


Qualification as a nurse is via a diploma or degree course, both of which are provided by universities. Courses comprise both theoretical and practical work, including placements in hospital and community settings. Full time diploma courses last three years; degree courses last three or four years. Accelerated programmes are available to graduates with a health-related degree. There is a minimum age limit of 17 years 6 months to enter training. Post-registration training is available for a range of clinical specialisms.

Typical tasks

  • assists medical doctors and works with other healthcare professionals to deal with emergencies and pre-planned treatment of patients;
  • manages own case load;
  • monitors patient’s progress, administers drugs and medicines, applies surgical dressings and gives other forms of treatment;
  • participates in the preparation for physical and psychological treatment of mentally ill patients;
  • plans duty rotas and organises and directs the work and training of ward and theatre nursing staff;
  • advises on nursing care, disease prevention, nutrition, etc. and liaises with hospital board/ management on issues concerning nursing policy;
  • plans, manages, provides and evaluates nursing care services for patients, supervises the implementation of nursing care plans;
  • delivers lectures and other forms of formal training relating to nursing practice.

Common job titles

Nurse, Macmillan
Matron (medical services)
Practitioner, care, health
Visitor, home
Practitioner, health, mental
Nurse, student
Nurse, practice
Sister, nursing
Visitor, district
Manager, bank, nurse
Matron, community
Visitor, health
Nurse, registered, state
Nurse, care, breast
Sister, nursing, district
Nurse, care, primary, advanced
Nurse, health, mental
Nurse, misuse, substance
Manager, nurse
Practitioner, nurse
Sister, theatre
Specialist, nurse, clinical
Superintendent, night (hospital service)
Nurse, male, chief
Nurse, recovery
Nurse, staff
Manager, ward
Nurse, ITU
Nurse, registered
Nurse, charge
Practitioner, theatre, operating
Nurse, district
Leader, team, clinical (health authority)
Nurse, care, stoma
Nurse, health, mental, community
Manager, theatre (hospital service)
Adviser, nurse
Nurse, enrolled
Officer, resuscitation
Practitioner, scrub, theatre
Sister, nursing (religious order)
Nurse, paediatric
Specialist, nurse
Supervisor, nurse
Nurse, psychiatric
Visitor, health, superintendent
Leader, team, nurse
Nurse, adult
Leader, team
Nurse, health, occupational
Nun (nursing)
Nurse, lead, clinical
Nurse, care, intensive
Sister, ward
Tutor (hospital service)
Officer, nursing
Nurse, care, ambulatory
Practitioner, department, operating
Nurse, care, palliative
Nurse, children's
Nurse, children's, registered
Nurse, children's, sick, registered
Matron, modern
Manager, unit (hospital service)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.