Recruitment from Australia costs approximately £3,200 per nurse (where 40 nurses arrive). This includes the air fare of £800, which is paid for by the nurse but reimbursed by the trust if the nurse stays to the end of the contract. The agency fee includes a percentage of the salary.

Recruitment from the Philippines costs approximately£1,700 per nurse (where 50 nurses arrive). Flights are an additional cost, paid for by the trust and deducted from the nurses alary over 12 months.

Recruitment from Scandinavia costs a flat rate of£1,150 per nurse recruited, plus a£150 contribution towards the cost of air fare per nurse.

Source: figures from case-study trusts (average cost per nurse recruited)