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Guide to UK Audiologist employment for working travellers

What are the job prospects like for Audiologists?

Audiologists are classified as Clinical Scientists and the demand for qualified and experienced Audiologists from overseas is very positive. This section of the website will give you all the information you need to successfully develop your career in the Audiology field. Get the ball rolling by applying for Audiology jobs here or by registering with one of Workgateways Allied Health recruitment agencies.

Is Audiology regulated? Will your overseas Audiology qualifications be recognised?

Audiology in the UK is regulated by the Health Professionals Council (HPC). You will have to register as a Clinical Scientist (Audiology) with the HPC before you can begin working in the UK. The title of 'Clinical Scientist' is protected, meaning it is illegal to work under this title in the UK unless you are registered with the HPC.

To register with the HPC as an overseas qualified Clinical Scientist / Audiologist you will have to meet strict standards relating to the following:

  • training and qualifications
  • professional skills and experience
  • personal character
  • personal health

All applications for registration are investigated individually so it is in your best interests to ensure the application is correct and complete before it is sent. Applications are processed in 2 stages: the initial review takes 4 weeks and the more extensive follow-up takes approximately 12 weeks. 

The cost to apply for registration is £440. This is a one-off, non-refundable ‘scrutiny fee’ which is separate to the registration fee you will be charged should your application be successful. Contact the HPC to find out the registration fees applicable to each profession. As a guide though, registration renewal costs £144 for two years and this amount can be claimed as a tax expense.

As part of your application you will have to provide a character reference, a health reference and 2 clinical references. You will also have to contact the university or institution where you achieved your qualification and have them provide a detailed overview of the course you studied. A comprehensive application guide can be found on the HPC website.

The pathway for Audiologist recognition can take a bit of planning and work but having the opportunity to work in Britain is a considerable reward!

What are the requirements of Audiologists?

Apart from your clinical skills in diagnosing hearing and balance problems, audiologists are required to have a professional approach to your work when entering the UK healthcare service. Employers will want to ensure that you possess excellent organisation and communication skills; the ability to work as part of a team; and a strong attention to detail.

Audiologist jobs — includes the need to be able to adapt your skills to work in various areas and with various people, including:

  • paediatrics
  • adult assessment and rehabilitation
  • special needs groups
  • research and development

How much can you expect to earn and what are the working conditions like for Audiology jobs throughout the UK?

Salaries for Audiologists in the UK will be affected by your experience, qualifications and responsibilities. Salaries may vary from the public to the private sector, though they are usually fairly similar.

The following hierarchy can be used as general guide to salaries for Audiologists Jobs UK:

Position Title Pay Band (NHS) Salary Range (all sectors)
Audiologist 5 £19.5K — £25.5K per annum
Senior Audiologist 6 £23.5K — £31.5K per annum
Highly Specialist Audiologist 7 £28K — £37.5K per annum

Your salary will also reflect the location in which you live. If you live in a high cost area, such as Inner London, then this will be reflected in your salary. The work hours for an Audiologists are around 37.5 hours a week (Monday to Friday). When working for the NHS you will also be paid for overtime and given 27 days annual leave.

How should you go about finding the right Audiology job for you?

Whether you are applying for a specific Audiology post or simply looking for anything which matches your skills and experience, your first point of contact will probably be a Medical / Health recruiter. Recruitment agencies are heavily involved in the job market - it is their business to find quality candidates for employers while simultaneously helping candidates to find short term locum work or a permanent position to progress their careers.

Workgateways manages a network of the best Allied Health recruitment agencies. Audiologists are always in demand but due to the specialist nature of the industry finding employment to match your skills, in the right location is a task handled efficiently by a recruitment agency.

Register with recruitment agencies up to 2 years before your arrival. Your recruitment consultant will ensure you have all the correct registrations and documents in place and then when the time is right begin the process of finding you a suitable position, giving you a great head start to your working life in the UK. If your travel plans or arrival date changes, make sure you inform your recruitment consultant immediately.

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