Candidate FAQs


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Below are some of the questions we find we are frequently asked by our existing and potential healthcare workers.

Do you have a specific question you don't see below?

Please feel free to contact our Recruitment team by calling 0113 827 2347 or by clicking Here.

You can email your CV to jobs@avantacare.com or apply online for one of our latest vacancies. You can also call our office on 0113 8272347 for more information.

We recruit healthcare assistants, senior carers and nurses on behalf of care homes and nursing homes in the UK. If you accept a job you will be employed by us on a contract (We take care of things like pay, national insurance, holiday and sick leave), but in your daily work you will report to the care home manager.

We have clients throughout the UK, so our vacancies can be anywhere in the country. It’s easier to find work if you’re willing to move where the vacancies are, but we can also try to find you a healthcare or nursing job closer to where you already live.

The starting salary is dependent on your experience and qualifications. The breakdown is below:

  • Trainee Healthcare Assistant: £8.20 per hour
  • Trained Healthcare Assistant: £8.50 per hour
  • Experienced Healthcare Assistant: £8.80 per hour
  • Senior Carer: £11.00 per hour
  • Junior Nurse: £11.00 per hour
  • Registered Nurse: £20.00 per hour

Most people are paid monthly. However, this does depend on the pay cycle of the care home. This can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. You will be told exactly when you get paid in your payment declaration, once you accept a job.

Yes. We pay all Healthcare Assistants an additional £0.50 per hour for Nights (Between 8pm & 6am) and for Bank holidays.

Please note: This additional pay is not applicable to Nurses.

Trainees can be enrolled on our Care Certificate training program, which is approved by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The training is delivered by our in-house training team and has no up-front costs, subject to our terms and conditions.

Applicants with relevant qualifications and/or experience may not need to attend our training course.

Our candidates are enrolled on our one week training programme, which covers around 70% of the Care Certificate training. The remainder of the training needs completing whilst on work placement, preferably within the first three months of employment.

Yes, which is why we offer 3 pay rises within the first year. The longer you stay with us, the more money you earn! We are also able to offer further training and development.

You need to apply for annual leave to the care home/nursing home manager. Avanta Care can then approve your annual leave request once your manager has authorised it.

UK bank holidays are listed on the UK Government’s website, along with more general information about holiday entitlement rights.

Yes, there are many! As well as regular pay rises and additional pay on unsociable hours, we also offer the following:

  • A health plan covering optical and dental care, medical screening and much more!
  • We also have a monthly Star Employee Award, which sees one nominated candidate each month winning a prize