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Ambulance care assistant Average UK Salary & Prospects

Ambulance care assistants take patients to and from hospital for appointments.

  • Remove and replace soiled linens or equipment to maintain sanitary conditions.  
  • Drive ambulances or assist ambulance drivers in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons.  
  • Report facts concerning accidents or emergencies to hospital personnel or law enforcement officials.  
  • Place patients on stretchers and load stretchers into ambulances, usually
Read more about Ambulance care assistant

Ambulance care assistants typically work around 43 to 45 hours per week.

As a Ambulance care assistant you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely
  • Read more about Ambulance care assistant
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    25,283 GBP *
    per year
    17,652 GBP
    20,795 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Ambulance care assistant

    Men make 3% more than Women
    62% of Ambulance care assistants are men
    • 25,580 GBP
    • 24,686 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Ambulance care assistant
    Average salary for full-time Ambulance care assistant

    • 13,037 GBP
    • 12,871 GBP
    • 25,283 GBP
    • 24,686 GBP
    • 25,580 GBP
    Pay over time for Ambulance care assistant

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 24,291 GBP
    • 24,335 GBP
    • 23,778 GBP
    • 23,371 GBP
    • 24,142 GBP
    • 25,283 GBP

    Future outlook for Ambulance care assistants

    Balanced outlook
    24 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    1% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Balanced outlook
    46% chance of automation in the future

    Ambulance care assistant - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Ambulance care assistant and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 56% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
    • 23% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree
    • 20% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma

    You can apply directly for jobs. You'll need:

    • driving experience
    • the ability to read maps and knowledge of the local area
    • experience of working with the elderly or disabled people

    Some ambulance services may ask you for 4 GCSEs, including English, maths and a science at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.

    If you passed your test after 1996, you may need an extra driving qualification for larger vehicles and for carrying passengers.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Ambulance care assistant


    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Ambulance care assistant.
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Ambulance care assistant. Check that you know:
    Electronic mail software Microsoft Outlook
    Helpdesk or call center software Computer aided dispatch software
    Map creation software Mapping software
    Office suite software Microsoft Office
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
    Improve your skills today


    Things to highlight for your Ambulance care assistant interview

    Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical.

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