If you’re passionate about making a difference, NEL is the place for you. We are a desirable organisation for people from all backgrounds, with our people being the core of our success.

Our people can benefit from:

  • A rewarding career in an organisation that exists to deliver great services and support clinicians for all communities and all patients

  • Opportunities for career development and progression

  • Support to develop new skills in a more commercial and customer-focused environment

  • Being part of a diverse and inclusive organisation

  • Applying skills and knowledge to develop more innovative and productive ways of working

  • A competitive and flexible benefits package

See all our current job vacancies

Training and development

  • Business Development Academy
  • Consulting Academy
  • Management Development Academy

Read our full training brochure, which includes courses provided by our technical services teams

“I joined the NHS family in 2013 and am now entitled to an additional two days of annual leave which I love! I am based in London but work flexibly between a number of offices so no one day is ever the same for me which keeps me on my toes. The flexibility is great for me and really helps me keep the essential work life balance.”

Karishma Patel, Senior Marketing Officer


  • 27 days’ annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, increasing to 29 after 5 years and 33 after 10 years’ service
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Excellent contributory pension
  • A standard working week of 37.5 hours
  • Career and pay progression based on the application of knowledge and skills
  • Exclusive NHS staff discounts available at hundreds of businesses

Diversity and inclusion

As an organisation we take diversity and inclusion seriously, and currently have a number of active networks who support our people:

  • Black and Minority Ethnic Network (BME)
  • Disability Wellness and Inclusion Network (DWIN)
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Allies Network (LGBT)
  • All Faith and None Network (AFAN)

Find out more about our people and networks in our Who we are section

“I enjoy working at NEL as it provides great learning and development opporunities to enable me to further my NHS career.”

Zara Hollingsworth, Business Co-ordinator

We believe that our people are key to our success. At NEL we employ over 1,300 staff and we work hard to ensure all our people are able to be their best. We invest in the development of our people to enable them to have a great career with NEL and beyond, recognising the benefits that come from attracting and retaining the best talent to deliver effective services across health and social care.

As an organisation that takes diversity and inclusion seriously we are open in reporting our diversity performance and action plans. We were the first Commissioning Support Unit to sign up to NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) in 2015, publishing our first baseline report in August 2015. The report provided race equality data on staff employed in the CSU and showed how we were performing against the nine WRES indicators. We have since completed our WRES for 2016-17 which demonstrates our actions for the year ahead and the progress that we are making year on year.

We are a transparent organisation and are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive organisation supporting a culture that accepts, respects and embraces diversity. For this reason, we have launched several staff networks to represent and support our staff who have an interest in the BME, LGBT, staff with disabilities and All Faith and None.

Our networks

Black Minority Ethnic Network

Our Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network aims to help us recognise and remove the barriers that BME staff experience. The network seeks to uphold the ethics and principles of the race equality legislation and work, with the support of the CSU towards improving the recruitment, career prospects and opportunities for BME staff.

Read about and watch the highlights from our BME conference on 28th September 2017.

Disability Wellness Inclusion Network 

As a successful organisation, we want to attract and retain a diverse workforce that reflects our local communities. We care about our staff and want to ensure we are providing a safe, positive and inspiring working environment where everybody is supported to achieve their full potential.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Allies Network

At NEL, we are committed to advancing equality and diversity for all staff. We value the contributions of our diverse workforce and want to ensure that all our existing and future staff feel they are treated fairly and with respect. The LGBT Staff and Allies Network exists for staff  who consider themselves to be LGBT or who have an interest in LGBT+ issues.

All Faith and None Network

We recognise that people with different backgrounds, beliefs, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions. The All Faith and None Network aims to promote mutual respect and understanding of all religions and beliefs, including no faith.

Our Gender Pay Gap report 2021 is now available

All organisations within the United Kingdom with more than 250 employees have been required since April 2017 to publish details of their gender pay gap. The specific requirements of the Equality Act 2010 Act (Gender Pay Gap Regulations) 2017 are to publish information for the six specific measures detailed in this report.

There has been a slight increase in our mean gender pay gap from 1 per cent to 2 per cent and our median from 3.99 per cent to 4 per cent. You can view our latest report for 2021 here.