Working in the UK

  • Last modified:January 30th, 2020

Are you a qualified allied health professional looking to undertake a once in a lifetime opportunity? Ever thought about moving from Australia to the UK to experience a different way of life and have the perfect base to travel Europe? If so, relocating to the UK and working as an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or speech pathologist could be for you.

Our UK and Sydney-based teams have extensive knowledge and experience in helping secure short-term locum, contract and permanent jobs for allied health professionals across the UK. Whether you want to work for the NHS or would prefer a private setting, we have jobs in major cities, busy seaside towns and even quaint countryside villages – meaning there really is something for everyone. Making the move to the UK can seem daunting, but that’s why our team are on-hand to offer advice and support and to help ensure the relocation process runs smoothly. Don’t forget we’re here to support you from pre-departure, on arrival and throughout the entirety of your placement in the UK.

Meet the team

Joseph Nordoff | Team Leader

joseph.nordoff@athona.com | +44(0)1277 289087 With over 10 years experience supporting allied health professionals find the very best job, Joseph will be your main point of contact in the UK. With in-depth knowledge and passion for the sector, Joseph joined Athona’s AHP division in 2019. Within a few months he had secured multiple contracts with the NHS and private sector, receiving over 100 new vacancies UK wide.

Anthony Estevez | International Recruitment Consultant

anthony.estevez@athona.com | 0467 083 905 Anthony is an experienced recruitment consultant based in Sydney and will be your main point of contact throughout the entirety of the relocation process to the UK. After working in recruitment for over six years and having personal experience in making the move across the globe, Anthony is there to make your relocation seamless and stress-free. As Anthony is based in Australia, he will be able to arrange a face-to-face meeting and help you organise your documentation without a time zone difference causing any inconvenience.

Want to know more?

We’ve created a free Working in the UK guide for allied health professionals looking to relocate from Australia to the UK. You’ll find plenty of useful information to support your relocation, including:
  • Highlights of the UK
  • Cost of living
  • The NHS vs private sector
  • Applying for a visa
  • Documentation required
  • Things to do in the UK
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NQT Registration

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Teacher Pay Scales

  • Last modified:November 12th, 2019
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Working in a school in the UK means your salary and pay will depend on your position, experience and where your job role is based, with pay scales differing for England, Inner London, Outer London and the Fringe. Below you'll find a number of tables explaining how the teaching pay scales work and to give clear guidance of the salary you should expect to receive, broken down by location.

For Inner London

For Outer London

For the Fringe

For England, excluding London and the Fringe


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  • Last modified:September 16th, 2019
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Working in a school in the UK means your salary and pay will depend on your position, experience and where your job role is based, with pay scales differing for England, Inner London, Outer London and the Fringe. Below you'll find a number of tables explaining how the teaching pay scales work and to give clear guidance of the salary you should expect to receive, broken down by location.

For Inner London

For Outer London

For the Fringe

For England, excluding London and the Fringe


Don't forget to view our latest secondary jobs or register with Athona.   Please note this information was sourced from nasuwt.org.uk in September 2019.
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Teacher Pay Scales

  • Last modified:September 16th, 2019
  • Education
Working in a school in the UK means your salary and pay will depend on your position, experience and where your job role is based, with pay scales differing for England, Inner London, Outer London and the Fringe. Below you'll find a number of tables explaining how the teaching pay scales work and to give clear guidance of the salary you should expect to receive, broken down by location.

For Inner London

For Outer London

For the Fringe

For England, excluding London and the Fringe


Don't forget to view our latest primary jobs or register with Athona.   Please note this information was sourced from nasuwt.org.uk in September 2019.
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  • Education
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Athona Education was formed in 2007 and has been helping secondary teachers and support staff, including teaching assistants and cover supervisors, secure the very best jobs in secondary schools across London, Essex and Suffolk. Whether it’s a daily supply role, a contract position or a permanent position, Athona always has a number of jobs available to fit your unique requirements. The demand for key stage 3, 4 and 5 teachers in the UK is always high, in particular for key subject areas like, English, maths, science, geography and PE. Whatever your subject specialty, Athona is able to support you to find the position. We find the right supply, contract or permanent positions for teachers of art, business studies, drama, English, food technology, geography, graphics design, health & social care, history, IT, maths, media & film studies, music, PE, religious education, science, sociology and textiles. Your subject specialty not listed? Speak with the team as we’re always ready to help you find the perfect job. Looking for a senior leadership role? Athona place teachers into secondary leadership positions that include; head teacher, deputy or assistant head teacher, head of department and subject leader. We also support teachers looking to relocate to teach secondary school pupils in the UK from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and many other locations across the world. Want to find out more about how Athona can support you? Take a look at our teaching in the UK guide.

Benefits for secondary teachers working with Athona

  • We offer competitive rates of pay as standard
  • You’ll be looked after by an experienced team who have ample industry knowledge and experience
  • We’ve been accredited REC gold standard since 2015
  • Looking for your very first newly qualified teacher (NQT) position? We’ll make sure the process is as simple and easy as possible for you
  • Access our free in-house CPD training, covering safeguarding and behaviour management
  • Job opportunities available across London, Essex and Suffolk, so whether you’re looking for an urban city or small countryside village – we have the location for you
  • Thinking of becoming a supply teacher, but concerned about pay? Join our guaranteed pay scheme (GPS) and you’ll never have to worry again
  • Earn a £250* bonus every time you refer your friends and colleagues to Athona.
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