Employee referral program

Last updated: November 2, 2023

UW employees are in the best position to tell their friends and family why working at UW is so rewarding. 

Help us fill critical Harborview, UW Medical Center (Montlake and Northwest), UW Medicine Primary Care, and Shared Services positions and earn up to $1,000 for your referral!!

Program update:

 If you refer a Registered Nurse (RN) between August 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023, and your referral is hired into a nursing position at UW Medicine, you are eligible for a $3,000 employee referral payment (50% paid at the time of hire, and 50% after your referral successfully completes six months of service).

Positions included in the referral program

We are seeking highly qualified new employees for all regular positions at UW Medicine.

Referrals to nonpermanent, intermittent, and per diem positions do not qualify for the referral program.

How do I refer someone?

Making referrals is easy. To be eligible for a referral payment, have your friend or family member apply to a regular UW Medicine job online and ask them to document your name as their referral source in their Profile listing the following: 

  • Referral Type – “Employee Referral” 
  • Source/Team – Employee’s name 

After the person you referred has applied, complete our employee referral form to let us know the name of your referral, as well as the position they applied for. 

Important: In order for you to receive the referral award, the candidate you referred must enter your name in the designated location at the time of application. 

Who is eligible to earn a referral?

All UW employees may refer individuals except for: 

  • Staff who are in the final counseling or dismissal steps of the corrective action process. 
  • Employees who are on unpaid leave.

How will I get my referral payment?

Referral awards are split in two-payments after the individual is hired. 50% is paid after your referred employee completes new employee orientation the other 50% is paid after your referred employee completes six months of employment.

In order to be eligible to receive a referral award, you and your referral must be employed by the University, in good standing, and in pay status at the time payment is to be made. Referral payments are paid through the payroll process and are subject to all applicable deductions and taxes. Referral payments are reported as income for tax purposes.

Program restrictions

While we appreciate all referrals, certain types of candidate referrals do not meet the requirements of the referral program. These include: 

  • Current UW employees or UW Medicine employees. 
  • Current per diem, nonpermanent and intermittent appointees. 
  • Individuals who have held any of the following types of appointments at the University of Washington or entity within UW Medicine within the last 12 months: 
    • Regular classified or professional staff appointments. 
    • Nonpermanent or per diem appointments. 
    • Agency staff on assignment to UW Medicine. 

UW Human Resources reserves the right to evaluate program eligibility on a case-by-case basis. UW Medicine and the University reserve the right to amend, interpret, terminate, or suspend this program at any time.