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  • Jobs in the National Health Service (NHS) consist of nine pay bands and are usually covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) Pay Rates .
  • Salaries for newly qualified radiographers are at Band 5 and range from £21,478 to £27,901.
  • Salaries for experienced radiographers (Band 6) range from £25,783 to £34,530.
  • Salaries at lead or advanced practice grade (Band 7) range from £30,764 to £40,558.
  • Service managers or consultant radiographers can earn up to £67,805 (Band 8c).
  • Working hours are 37.5 hours a week and the service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Shifts, weekends, bank holidays, nights and on-call working are required. Enhanced pay is offered for unsocial hours working as part of national terms and conditions in the NHS.
  • About 90% of radiographers are employed by the NHS (see Health Careers ). The ratio of diagnostic to therapeutic radiographers is around ten to one.
  • Part-time work and job share opportunities are available.
  • It is possible to take a long break and then return to practice. Keeping up with changes and developments during a career break is recommended.
  • Self-employment or freelance work is uncommon. There are some opportunities for agency work.
  • Men are currently underrepresented in the profession.
  • Diagnostic radiographers are required to wear the uniform provided.
  • The job is physically demanding, involving manoeuvring patients and equipment. Radiographers carry a lot of responsibility and need to enjoy working in a high-pressured environment.
  • Travel to other departments within the hospital is common. Travel to joint hospital sites is sometimes required, but travel abroad is rare.

Salary figures are intended as a guide only.

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Written by AGCAS editors
November 2014

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