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Updated locum rates for 2017 show rise in fees charged

The average daily rates charged by locums booking work directly with practices have rise by between 2.5% and 11.3% since October 2016, depending on your location.

Updated locum rates for 2017 are now available following the annual Medeconomics/GPonline survey of locums, which was conducted in June and July 2017.

The tables include details of the average fee charged by locums in each geographical area, along with the range of fees charged. The fees cover locums’ full-day and half-day rate along with the daytime hourly rate.

A total of 745 GPs took part in this year’s survey. Click on the links below to see full details of the rates charged.

Wales saw the highest increase in daily rates, with an 11.3% increase in the average fees charged, while Scotland had the lowest increase at 2.5%. The average daily rate charged by locums increased by 3.2% in London, 4.1% in Northern Ireland, 4.2% in the Midlands and East of England, 4.3% in south England and 6.1% in north England.

The average full-day and half-day rate charged by locums for work booked directly with practices rose across the board. However there was a slight fall in the hourly rate locums said they charged practices in England, with the exception of London where the hourly average rate increased slightly.

The average hourly rate charged by locums in Wales also increased, a low number of respondents for the hourly rate question in Scotland and Northern Ireland meant comparisons with last year were not possible.

Other findings from the survey

Despite the rise in average rates this year, only a third of the locums responding to the survey said that they had increased their fees in the past 12 months. Some 64% said their rates had remained the same, while 3% said they had decreased.

Many locums said they had increased their rates over the past year as a direct result of rising indemnity costs. The survey suggests that locum fees will continue to rise through 2017/18. A number of respondents said that they planned to increase their rates this year because of further increases in their indemnity costs.

Demand for locums also remains high. Of those respondents who were doing locum work 12 months ago, 57% said demand for their services was higher compared with a year ago, 39% said demand was about the same and only 4% said demand was lower.

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