What makes Florence different from a nursing agency?
Florence puts your needs first.
Agencies will give you “take it or leave it” shifts, without looking at your availability.
Agencies can throw you in at the deep end, with no planned handover.
Agencies can take an unfair cut of your pay, that you never see or know about.
Register with Florence now to find a better alternative and take control.
8 ways Florence is better for you than an agency
1. You take 100% of your pay home
100% of the rate you see when you apply for a shift on Florence goes to you.
Agencies work differently: they agree a rate with the care home, then give a percentage to you as pay. You never know how much of a cut you’re getting.
Agencies will pay themselves generously first, and leave you the lowest amount they think you'll take.
They make a lot of money from your hard work this way.
Florence never takes a cut of your pay. Once you work the shift, you’re paid at the rate listed.
2. You get paid fast, no signatures needed
You submit timesheets with a single click on Florence; no paper or signatures needed - unlike a traditional agency.
Payment is reliable and straightforward, whether you are paid as a limited company or PAYE worker.
Limited companies are paid one week after timesheet approval, bank holidays and weekends included. For extra visibility, you'll see a countdown to the minute the funds go in your account.
PAYE workers are paid by 5pm weekly on Fridays.
3. You control your shifts
No more agency calls pressuring you to take an inconvenient shift, last minute: Florence puts you in control of where and when you work.
On Florence, you’ll view all available shifts in your area, and apply for what you want with one click.
You can see open shifts weeks in advance, or right up until before start.
You can search for shifts closest to you, at your preferred rate.
You can get shifts where you choose, at times that work for your schedule.
Florence care homes can also invite you to shifts directly, helping you work consistently in places you like.
4. You know shift details before you go
Agencies may not send you fully prepared for a shift.
Each shift on Florence includes information direct from the care home, such as:
- Number of residents
- Number of other staff on shift, their titles and duties
- Key skills required
- Public transport nearby
- Parking availability
This helps you decide whether to apply.
Florence also provides a handover document to help you gain more understanding of the workplace on arrival.
5. Registration is fast (and free)
It’s quicker to register with Florence, even though there is the same level of checks as an agency. You sign up for free, in your own time, and can be ready to work in a week or less.
Signing up to Florence is straightforward, but if you need help our team are ready to talk on the phone and live chat.
6. You’re not locked in
Florence wants to help you get work. If you’re hired at a care home after working Florence shifts, that’s fantastic.
In contrast, agency contracts can lock you in to only working with them.
Agencies can also withhold your training certificates completed with them, to stop you going elsewhere. Florence’s training is free on Florence Academy, and can be used anywhere once complete.
7. You join a supportive community
Florence is passionate about supporting nurses. At an agency you can feel overlooked, rather than your voice being heard.
Once you join Florence, you’ll access our Community - a safe space to talk, help each other and tell us what you think.
We listen to your feedback and make improvements based on what you say.
8. You rate your shift experience
After every shift, you’ll rate the care home on five points - safety, effectiveness, care, handover and leadership. This goes to a public score Florence nurses can see, helping others decide whether to apply for shifts.
Care homes will also rate Florence nurses after shifts, with good ratings increasing your chances of booking shifts.
Agencies won't give you this power to feed back. Florence’s ratings make care homes aware and responsible, and help reward your good actions.
Sound like a place you want to join?
Sign up today and become your own boss.