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NHS nurses to get paid before payday with flexible finance app

Nursing staff will be offered early access to their salary

The technology is designed to ease nurses financial stress and cut employers agency spend

The Earnd app will give NHS nurses doing bank shifts flexible access to part of their pay

A paid-as-you-earn app will offer NHS nursing staff faster access to their salary and an incentive to take bank rather than agency shifts.

The Earnd app available via the existing free MySBSPay app , will enable NHS staff to draw on a portion of their pay as and when they need it rather than having to wait until payday.

Part of the rationale is that it will make bank shifts more attractive to nurses than agency working.

Flexibility for nurses, reduced costs to employers

NHS Shared Business

The technology is designed to ease nurses’ financial stress and cut employers’ agency spend

The Earnd app will give NHS nurses doing bank shifts flexible access to part of their pay

A paid-as-you-earn app will offer NHS nursing staff faster access to their salary and an incentive to take bank rather than agency shifts.

The Earnd app available via the existing free MySBSPay app, will enable NHS staff to draw on a portion of their pay as and when they need it rather than having to wait until payday.

Part of the rationale is that it will make bank shifts more attractive to nurses than agency working.

‘Flexibility for nurses, reduced costs to employers’

NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) claimed that in addition to offering staff flexibility, the app could reduce temporary staff costs for employers, because bank shifts cost them 20% less than those covered by staff drawn from agencies.

Tasy Warn of NHS Shared Business Services

NHS SBS director of employment services Tasy Warn said using technology to support employees was in line with long-term NHS objectives.

‘The NHS People Plan rightly places significant emphasis on the well-being of NHS employees,’ she said.

‘Our partnership with Earnd is about providing the NHS with easy access to digital technologies that improve the lives of critical healthcare workers across the country and save more time and money for patient care.’

Giving NHS staff ‘greater control’ over their finances

NHS employers will be able to set a maximum percentage of pay that employees can access ahead of payday.

Earnd managing director public sector, Jonathan Lewis predicted the app would improve the lives of NHS workers.

‘Fairer finance through free access to pay as it is earned gives staff control of their money and reduces stress,’ he said.

According to data from NHS England and NHS Improvement, the NHS in England spent £2.4 billion on agency staff and £3.8 billion on bank staff in 2019/20.


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