There is no shortage of NHS jobs up here in Scotland either.. check out www.returntoscotland.com
and do a search..
On the agency idea.. As others have said pay does vary from agency to agency. Agency nursing is also never a guaranteed thing.. You give the agency your availability and you may or may not get a shift. It involves busy times where you are working your butt off and very quiet times where you are lucky to get a shift a week. If you need a certain income coming in every month then its not for you..
Not sure about other agencies but the agency i work for our holiday pay is worked into our hourly rate so we get paid more per hour,but when we don't work for whatever reason wether its holidya or sickness we don't have a income for that time period..
Also most agencies will require you have at least 6 months some a year of experience before they will consider you.
These are all some things to consider before deciding on if agency nursing is for you..
I've worked for the NHS the private sector and currently a agency and even when the times are quiet i do love the flexibility that it gives me. I can say what days/shifts i want to work,how far i am willing to travel and also if there are any particular places that i do/don't want to go to..
Although i will admit when it does get very quiet as it has been last few weeks i do sometimes think about going back to NHS.. then i stop and think of all the reasons i went agency in the first place. LOL..
Take Care and good luck in your decisions..