I have worked for the NHS for nearly ten years and in the last couple of years I have become aware of discounts that NHS staff can get on certain services, some are good, some are not so good and some are downright great.
The discounts for mobile phone contracts are not limited to NHS staff, however they are limited to the particular providers list of corporate partners, and they vary from provider to provider. I will try to list the companies that I am aware participate in these schemes however as I have set this thread up mainly as an NHS staff thread I will be focussing on the discounts provided to those staff.
I have taken some time to find out the list of available benefits for Staff employed by the NHS and am now passing on this information, a lot of the information has been gleaned from various websites, forums and my own finding over the years. I hesitate to call this a mega thread however the list is all that I am aware of. I realise that this will not be of use to everybody, however as the nation’s biggest employer it will surely help some and that is the reason for this post.
Please don't vote cold simply because the discount does not apply to you, or if your vote is based on any political agenda (pensions etc.). Some of the companies (e.g. Vodafone) even allow you to add up to five of your friends and family members for the discount and are not exclusive to NHS staff; however for the benefit of this post I am focussing mainly on the NHS discounts provided. The other participating companies for mobile discounts can be found in post #2.
Remember to always ask retailers and always carry some form of NHS employment id, you never know.
There are websites that specifically deals with discounts for service staff including, but not limited to:http://www.healthservicediscounts.com
(formerly nhsdiscounts) http://www.bluelightcard.com
(all emergency services)http://www.psdiscounts.com
(all public sector employees)
However this is not ideal for me and doesn't seem to list discounts that they do not get affiliate links for, therefore in the real world I have found that it hasn't been much use to me. They do however offer discount on gift cards for most major retailers, saving up to 10% on purchases if you have the foresight to purchase them in advance. I’m not including deals on these websites as they are all quite easy to find, the information I am offering isn’t commonly posted together and most of my colleagues are unaware of them.
I have taken quite a lot of time to find out the list of available benefits for Staff employed by the NHS and am now passing on this information
I am hoping that others may also know some information that I don't and that we can create a pool of information that will help others out.
Links in the first post due to not allowing direct links in the top post.
O2 (called O2 open) 30%
(thanks to Bossworld) O2 Open has changed. It's only valid for the newer 'Refresh' tariffs, and therefore it's 30% off the line rental portion, and nothing off the handset portion (airtime plan vs phone plan).
Vodafone (called employee advantage scheme) 10-20%
10% for contracts under £20pm
20% for contracts over £20pm
Online via form and must be done within 30 days of upgrade/new contract and renewed at end of contract in order for it to continue
Everyone everywhere (EE) (called perk discount) 10-20%
20% off their monthly line rental with any 24 month animal or selected iPhone monthly talk plans over £20.50 per month.
10% off a mobile broadband plan of 12 months or more.
£20 off any pay as you go phone over £30.
25% discount on accessories purchased with a Perk pay monthly phone.
EE have some exclusions:
The Perk Promotion isn’t available with all phones (particularly some newly launched phones), or in conjunction with any other offer or promotion unless otherwise specified. The phones, plans and other offers that are currently not available with the Perk Promotion include:
•All The Works plans
•All Tablet and Tablet Extra plans
•All Connected plans
•Double your Phone Fund on all pay monthly plans
•Early upgrade on all plans
•All SIM only plans
•Customers with U24 on their account
•Any additional line promotions
•HTC One Mini
•Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
(thanks to rohail20) applicable to Orange Brand only. Not T Mobile or 4GEE (20%) perk and selected handsets
This must be done at the time of upgrade/new purchase and must be done in an EE store
INSTORE RETAILERS (just show NHS ID badge instore at time of purchase)
Arcadia Group (BHS, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Topshop, Topman, Wallis) 10%
Specsavers (free eye test and varying discounts for Glasses)
FOOD (just show id badge instore at time of purchase)
Domino's 50% on collection 25% on delivery (franchised stores, may vary from store to store 25% minimum) (if ordering over the phone state you are NHS staff)
Cafe! Rouge 20%
Jimmy's world Grill 15%
Frankie and Benny's 20% off entire bill from main menu all day every day
(thanks to BillyBits) Smith and Jones Pubs give 30% off food for NHS workers.
Their Big Eat & 2 for 1 pizzas after 2pm make the food exceptionally cheap.
Add the discount for CAMRA members on the drinks and you have a quality food and drink at a great price.
OTHER INSTORE RETAILERS (just show NHS ID badge instore at time of purchase)
Specsavers (free eye test and varying discounts for Glasses)
Haven 10% (ring up and proceed with phone booking, state you are NHS staff and the discount will be applied)
National express 15% (book online at link below)
Park and go 12% discount for airport parking, book online
Hilton (participating venue’s only) book online 40% off best weekend rate including breakfast
Cineworld 10% (just show NHS ID badge at booking office)
Computershare (formerly Busybees) offer a scheme where you can pay for nursery fees directly from your pay prior to income tax being deducted meaning you save paying tax on the payments for childcare (you will need to speak to you HR advisor with regards to this)
(thanks to adi0604) Most nurseries would accept Childcare payments (formerly vouchers). Which is bought by employer from service providers. Employer deducts the cost (upper limit applies) from gross salaries of employee and saves NI on it.
This scheme is due to change in 2015 to a system slightly less beneficial to the employee, it has to do with the way tax is deducted from your salary.