Our hospices offer modern, friendly, pleasant and highly professional working environments.

We have sites in beautiful and well-populated areas of east Kent – Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet – all with very good road and rail links.

All new employees benefit from a comprehensive induction programme and valuable opportunities for professional development and training.

Depending on the post, we offer flexible working opportunities.

In addition, we're pleased to be able to offer the following:

Competitive salaries, which take account of NHS salaries.

Pilgrims offer its employees either:

  • A non-contributory pension scheme, fully stakeholder compliant
  • The opportunity to join the NHS pension scheme if they are an existing member and meet the qualifying criteria.

NHS employees have the option to stay in the NHS pension scheme if they've contributed within the last 12 months; please note that certain criteria must be met.

For clinical posts (medical and nursing) Pilgrims adheres to the Agenda for Change remuneration structure with bands and points as per the NHS.

Employees who are members of the pension scheme(s) are also eligible for the life assurance scheme.

Having healthy employees is important to us, so we provide access to a private medical / healthcare scheme through a preferred supplier.

Employees are entitled to a generous holiday entitlement.

Pilgrims is committed to supporting employees in achieving a sensible work-life balance.

Additional to statutory rights in relation to Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave and Parental Leave, a range of family-friendly benefits are available, including opportunities for part-time hours / job-sharing where appropriate.

Childcare vouchers

Available to current employees who started working for Pilgrims prior to 2018.

Sessions are available to all staff, free of charge.

Pilgrims believe that training and development is important at all levels.

Employees can apply for periods of study leave, where study is related to their job role or otherwise of value to the organisation.

Free parking is available for employees at each hospice site.

Employees can benefit from a relaxed, informal dining experience at each hospice site whilst enjoying home-cooked food at reasonable prices.

Free tea and coffee is also available.

A number of sessions are available to employees free of charge.

An employer-funded support service, offering employees confidential counselling and advice on a wide range of work-related and personal issues, as well as supporting employees in maintaining their wellbeing.

Uniforms are provided for nurses, catering and domestic employees.

There are numerous opportunities to become involved in social and fundraising events that are held locally in aid of Pilgrims.

Employees can save at least 25% on bikes and cycling accessories through salary sacrifice.

Pilgrims has teamed up with local businesses to offer discounts to its employees, including at Ashford Designer Outlet and local gyms.


For more information about working life at Pilgrims, contact the Human Resources team on 01227 812 612 or email us at recruitment@pilgrimshospices.org.

We also have a range of volunteer opportunities available for anyone who would like to donate their time to support Pilgrims.