- 21 May 2020
- 5 min read
The 5 best countries for nursing jobs outside the UK
If you’ve ever considered moving abroad, being a nurse can give you a real head start. Here we look at the top 5 countries for nursing jobs and what makes them so popular with UK nurses.
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One of the best things about becoming a Nurse is how transferrable your experience and qualifications are.
If you have ambitions to work in another country for any reason, being a Nurse really gives you a head start.
But of course, some countries are better for UK Nurses to work in than others.
That will depend on factors like how easy it is to transfer your qualification, and how in demand Nurses are in any given country.
You won’t be surprised to see on Australia on this list, because nursing down under is a well-trodden path for UK Nurses.
Aside from the fact it’s another English-speaking country and it has what is arguably the best climate on the planet, British Nurses are always wanted in Australia.
Converting your UK Nursing degree for use in Australia is comparatively simple too.
Because it’s such a popular choice, you’ll find that help is readily available – from finding jobs to all of the more administrative aspects of relocating.
It isn’t difficult to see why so many UK Nurses head to Australia.
New Zealand offers many of the same benefits as working in Australia – plus the advantage of some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world.
There’s no language barrier, the healthcare system is similar to our own, and every year New Zealand actively looks for international Nurses.
The average salary is similar to the UK’s, and the working culture is famously pleasant.
Ireland, for many reasons, has always been a popular destination for UK Nurses.
With similar healthcare systems, testing, standards and registration processes, it’s one of the easiest places to qualify as a UK Nurse.
In most cases obtaining a visa isn’t even necessary as you’re an EU citizen already – although this could become more complicated post-Brexit.
Salaries are similar to the UK, and Nurses are in equally high demand.
The UAE’s health system is expanding rapidly and it has a large quota for qualified UK Nurses to fill.
For that reason, you’ll get a huge amount of help with the registration processes – and in most cases, it will be fully funded.
Dubai has become a haven for British expats, so you’ll feel strangely at home despite the scorching heat and desert landscapes.
And compared to the NHS, you’ll often find that you’re far less overworked.
Additionally, there are all kinds of working benefits you won’t find anywhere else because of how prized UK Nurses are.
Your salary will be tax free, you’ll receive free medical insurance – and often, you’ll get a package of freebies including free flights, transportation to work or even accommodation.
The biggest barrier for must UK Nurses working across the rest of Europe is the language barrier.
Brits don’t typically speak a second language, and that makes other English-speaking countries a far easier choice.
However, if you are interested in learning another language and using it to work abroad, Norway is an excellent option.
Firstly, the pay is excellent and among the highest in the world.
And as an EU citizen – for now – there are no major visa issues.
Find a nursing job abroad
If you’re a UK Nurse looking to take your experience overseas, check out all the latest global roles here.