5 ways you can maximise your income when locuming

Posted July 18th, 2019 by James Dodwell (0 comments)
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As a young health professional, locuming is a great way to give your resume a boost while enjoying the extra perks, such as flexible schedules, better pay, and a chance to sample life in a new city. For older professionals, the benefits of flexibility and better pay still make locuming a great career choice. If you’re on the lookout for new locum opportunities, here are a few tips to make locuming work to your advantage.

1. Don’t just work in London, branch out

London has a very high cost of living. If you want to stretch out your salary, consider moving to a nearby town or village. Before you settle on a new position, consider finding an agency that specializes in your area of work, and let them help you find a position that fits all your preferences, including affordable costs of living.

London has a very high cost of living. If you want to stretch out your salary, consider moving to a nearby town or village. Before you settle on a new position, consider finding an agency that specializes in your area of work, and let them help you find a position that fits all your preferences, including affordable costs of living.

2. Think about accommodation

You are moving to a new country and a new city, before you settle in, you will need to find affordable accommodation. Choose an area that provides reasonable accommodation options. There are many letting and estate agencies, but some of these can be difficult to secure a short term rental with (six months or less). You can discuss shorter-term accommodation with the hospital as many offer free or cheap nearby accommodation, even if it’s only for a short period of time. As you familiarize yourself with the city, you can start looking for affordable places.

3. Consider going rural and having extras thrown in

Not everyone dreams of practicing in a rural setup, yet there are still people living there who need medical attention. Rural practices offer unique challenges as they are most likely understaffed and with fewer resources. However, they provide a challenging work environment that pushes you to become an even better physician. The scenery is also worth the trade-off, and you get to be part of a community and make a difference. Besides, the government provides a few perks such as a golden £20,000 handshake to boost rural recruitment. This is in addition to increasing efforts to get GPs from countries such as Australia and New Zealand to come and join rural practices in the UK.

4. Become a voucher junkie

You can claim back all the expenses you incur in the course of your work as long as they are directly related to your work. These include work-related travel costs, lunch, parking, training fees, accountancy fees, uniform purchases, and any other expense that was wholly and exclusively incurred in the course of your work. You can track all your expenses using any of the available apps designed for the same. Scan and keep the receipts and be sure to present them to your accountant to claim those expenses. Not only that, but you can use voucher apps to save money in restaurants, attractions and even transport. Do plenty of research about voucher apps that accommodate your location in advance.

5. Don’t live like a tourist

London, as well as many other UK cities, attracts an abundance of tourists. To keep costs down, the trick is not to act like one. If you move to London, don’t go thinking you can watch a West End show every Saturday and still have enough to fill your cupboards! It’s important that where-ever you go, you live like a local, buy local and this way you’ll keep the costs down.

If you are considering taking up locuming, we can help you find a position that suits your needs. Get in touch with us  and we will be happy to offer guidance as you prepare for the next chapter of your career.