UK Medical Locum Agencies
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Register now with UK medical locum agencies with the best rate for both hospital doctors of all grades, as well as locum GPs. These medical recruitment agencies have been recommended by doctors for doctors. Also get top tips on what to look for in a locum agency as well as how to survive life as a locum doctor.

Get the best jobs out there by registering with at least three top quality UK medical locum agencies. We bring you a regularly updated list of top medical agencies with spread across the country.

Most of the UK medical recruitment agencies are contractually tied to the NHS National Frame work - a body that regulates the activities of locum agencies, supplying available jobs to the locum agencies. They determine the rate of payments to the agencies.

Temporary NHS job cover requirements tend to go out to agencies that are registered with the NHS National frame work first, and if they are unable to fill such vacancies, the jobs are then sub contracted to locum agencies who are not registered with the National Frame work.

The later group of agencies thus pay more than those who are tied to the NHS frame work.

If you have decided to work as a locum doctor it is best to register with a small medical recruitment agency not tied up with the National frame work, and also with one of the agencies on the NHS National Frame Work Contract, as they tend to get more jobs and over a wide region.

The demand for locum doctors in the UK is high. This is especially so in specialties like emergency medicine (A&E), anaesthestics, psychiatry, and the surgical specialties.

Registering With Medical Recruitment Agencies

Apart from registering with a mix of locum agencies covering a wide geographical region in the UK, as well as at least one with NHS National Frame Work and another not in the frame work, it is important to look for the following qualities when registering with medical recruitment agencies:

  • Agency must be well established and preferably also registered with The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
  • They have a fair spread of contracts and can get you jobs when you need one, even at short notice
  • They pay very competitive rates, at least comparable to the average rate of pay for locum doctors nationally
  • They pay promptly - no more than 10 working days from when the last job was completed, and preferably within 7 days
  • They have excellent and professional recruitment consultants or advisers, who deal with doctors they employ as equal partners, with courtesy and mutual respect
  • Some medical recruitment agencies organise courses, and support their doctors through difficult times, including paying periodic bonuses to exceptional doctors who work with them always

Are you looking to work with UK medical locum agencies with the above profile and more? We have a list of such below and a contact form to send your details and be contacted swiftly. But let's take a look at the current rate of pay for locum doctors in the hospital.

Locum Doctors Pay Rates

The Daily Mail Newspaper, on the 16th of October 2010 carried an headline: "The locum doctor paid £5,700 a day: Enormous sums handed to agency staff by desperate NHS managers". Hmm. If only locum doctors are all paid such rates always!

No. The Department of Health has in recent years clamped down on the rate of pay for temporary hospital staff across the board. The following are the latest rate of pay for locum doctors nationally. Please let us know if rates in your area are largely different from what is published here (as at of October 2012):

Grade of Doctor


ST1 and ST2

ST3, Staff Grades, Specialty Doctors

Associate Specialists & Consultants

Rate of Pay

£25 to £35 per hour

£40 to £45 per hour

£48 to £60 per hour

£ 65 to £150 per hour

The above rates are for doctors paid through their UK Medical agencies as PAYE.

If you were to register and work as a Limited Company through any of these medical recruitment agencies, you are sure to get at least additional 10% of pay on top of those rates. But this means you will be responsible for sorting out your tax, NI and other paperwork.

UK Medical Locum Agencies: Get Connected Now

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