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Updated locum rates for 2016 show rise in fees for second year

The average fees charged by locums booking work directly with practices have risen by between 0.5% and 10% over the past year, depending on your location.

Updated locum rates for 2016 are now available following the annual Medeconomics/GPonline survey of locums, which was conducted in October 2016. The tables include details of the average fee charged by locums in each geographical area, along with the range of fees charged.

A total of 648 locums took part in the survey, of these 140 took work from locum agencies. Click on the links below to see full details of the rates charged.

Scotland saw the highest increase in the rates locums charged practices, where, on average, rates of pay increased by 10%. However, locums' rates in the Midlands and East of England region remained broadly similar to 2015 figures, with an increase of just 0.5% on average.

On average, rates of pay for locums in London and Wales increased by 1.3% and 0.9% respectively, while Northern Ireland saw a rise of 3.1%, the South England region saw a 3.8% increase and payments in North England increased by 4.8% on average.

The top full-day, half-day and hourly rates locums charged practices increased across the board, apart from in Wales where the top rates of pay remained the same as in 2015.

Other findings from the survey

Despite the rises in the average rates charged by locums, only 30% of those surveyed said that they had increased their fees in the past 12 months. Some 67% said that their fees had remained the same, while 3% said their fees had decreased during the past year.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey also showed that demand for locums is soaring. Of those who were undertaking locum work 12 months ago, 59% said that demand for their services was higher now than a year ago, 38% said demand was about the same and just 3% said that demand was lower.

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