If you are a clinician entering research, you may find that you have to tolerate a reduction in pay. Established clinical academics have salaries on a par with NHS salaries; however, you may lose out on on-call supplements depending on where you work and how your contract is designed. It is important to be a little wary to whom you complain, as those pre-Ph.D. scientists working in your lab who have not come from a clinical background are often paid a lot less than you, and you will be relying on them to teach you about many aspects of your project. A little sensitivity is required to avoid causing resentment. The second point is that despite the importance of a salary to fund you as an individual, the more important aspect of research is how you will fund the project itself. It is understandable that most clinicians entering research are naïve about this, but it is worth being aware that it takes between 9 and 12 months to get a grant, so deciding to do research a couple of months before the end of a clinical job is not realistic – at least when it comes to raising money.