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  • Jobs in the NHS are usually covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) Pay Rates  consisting of nine pay bands.
  • Range of typical starting salaries for a dietitian (band 5): £21,176-£27,625.
  • Range of typical salaries at specialist level (band 6): £25,528-£34,189.
  • Range of typical salaries at advanced level (band 7): £30,460-£40,157.
  • There are on-call and special duty allowances for dietitians working in the National Health Service (see NHS Careers ). In London and the South East, a cost of living allowance is available.
  • Salaries in industry are not necessarily higher than in the NHS.
  • Working hours in the NHS are mainly 9am to 5pm. This may include some weekend work, perhaps to attend a clinic. On-call work may also be required.
  • Self-employment and freelance work are possible within the NHS and the sport and private health sectors, as well as in the food industry, in public relations companies and the media.
  • Job-sharing, part-time work and opportunities for career breaks are available.
  • Jobs are available in most areas with opportunities in towns and cities throughout the UK.
  • Men are currently under-represented in the profession.
  • Dietitians in the NHS are usually based in a hospital, health centre or clinic and will be given a private consultation room. Community dietitians may have to travel to various locations in the local area. Those involved in research may need to work in laboratories.
  • Absence from home overnight and overseas travel is uncommon.

Salary figures are intended as a guide only.

Written by AGCAS editors
August 2012

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