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NHS Jobs integration and benefits

Benefits of using NHS Jobs

  • Vacancies posted on NHS Jobs automatically appear across other large national jobs boards for free. This means greater reach and applicant traffic for free, saving the NHS money (view full list).
  • We integrate fully with Electronic Staff Record (ESR), saving you time and duplication.   
  • Vacancies created in other recruitment systems can be shared on NHS Jobs where applicants can apply directly, saving you time and duplication. 
  • We meet all digital accessibility standards, making it easier for applicants to apply.
  • We continuously improve NHS Jobs based on user research, feedback, and evolving technologies.

Benefits to applicants

  • They can see NHS Jobs vacancies across multiple private jobs boards which integrate with us. 
  • For a fast and simple experience, they do not need to register with NHS Jobs if applying via a third-party system.
  • We meet and will continue to meet all accessibility standards. 
  • They can contact us via phone and email for support. 
  • We’ve built auto notifications throughout the applicant journey to keep them informed about their progress. 

Benefits to employers

  • Vacancies created in other recruitment systems can be sent to NHS Jobs to generate greater reach using our Application Programming Interface (API).
  • Free posting of vacancies on other boards using NHS Jobs integration (view full list).
  • Improved, timesaving ESR functionality reduces manual effort and duplication. 
  • We meet and will continue to meet all accessibility standards.  
  • The system automatically updates the applicant, reducing administration for you. 

Benefits to the wider NHS

  • A central hub to post vacancies allows for NHS-wide monitoring and reporting of vacancies.  
  • Providing a free jobs board for all healthcare related vacancies. 
  • National reporting of end-to-end processes.  
  • A saving of £2.9million per year due to integration with ESR.  
  • We support NHS initiatives by working closely with DHSC, NHS England, NHS Digital, NHS Employers and other national organisations. 


We integrate with ESR which removes manual effort and duplication, meaning NHS Jobs and ESR users can benefit by saving time.

You can find more information about ESR integration from the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) integration section of our knowledge base.

The bitesize process flows for ESR integration can be viewed in the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) integration section of the Help and support for employers webpage.

Third-party applicant tracking systems (ATS) and other third-party jobs boards

Employers create listings in their third-party system and transfer them to NHS Jobs via an API. Applicants then directly apply in the third-party system.   

You can find more information about how to create and publish an applicant tracking system (ATS) job listing from the ‘Create and publish a job listing’ section of our knowledge base.

You can watch the ‘How to publish an ATS job listing’ video from our NHS Jobs YouTube channel.

Third parties currently sending listings to NHS Jobs are:

  • Trac
  • Networx
  • Vacancy Poster
  • Recruitive
  • Oleeo
  • Hirelab
  • Jobtrain
  • Kallidus
  • Oracle 
  • Eploy
  • Workday 
  • Broadbean

We share our vacancies with other large jobs boards and encourage them to use our API feeds which are designed to make the listing show correctly in their jobs boards:

  • Indeed
  • Find a job
  • BMJ
  • UCAS
  • Pharmiweb
  • LinkedIn
  • Restless
  • Reed

You can contact the NHS Jobs team if you want to talk to us about integration with your ATS or jobs board.

XML feed replacement 

A new self-serve API specification is now available to replace existing data feeds. 

We recommend sharing this with your IT or Technical support team or whoever currently manages any feeds you use from the previous NHS Jobs service. 

The date for the new feed to go live will be confirmed within the next 2 weeks. This documentation should be used to assess these changes in advance of go live. You'll need to have replaced your feed by mid-June 2023. We expect these changes to be minimal for you to make.

This information is only relevant to your organisation if you use the existing XML feed for your careers or vacancy website. 

This guidance, including the specification in Appendix A of the document, is subject to change. Any changes will be minor and will be brought to your attention in further communications. You may find opening the document using Notepad helpful.

Self-Serve API guidance (Word: 54KB)