The benefits of locuming over the festive season


Article by Jessica Allen07 Dec 2021
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The festive season has arrived and Christmas is just around the corner. The busiest and most social time of the year can be a juggling act for doctors.

Working as a doctor can be stressful at the best of times, and with the silly season approaching you may be wondering whether or not you should take on locum work. If you are on the fence, here are our top reasons why embracing the festive spirit and locuming in the holidays could be highly rewarding.

1/ More opportunities available to you

This year we've seen an increase in vacancies across hospitals and clinics throughout Australia and New Zealand. This puts the ball in your court - you can pick and choose from the best rates and locations. You'll have a chance to work on a different unit or alongside a range of different specialists - they say variety is the spice of life.

2/ Higher rates and earning potential

Rates go up at this time of year as many doctors go on leave and hospitals and clinics bring in locums to cover. We're seeing some amazing Christmas and New Year's rates, and we can negotiate the best rates with the hospitals. Travel and accommodation are covered in most locum roles, and travel around this time of year goes up in price, so you'll be saving even more money on expenses.

3/ Not all heroes wear capes

Working over the holidays will gain you big brownie points and you'll be looking like a hero to your colleagues (and patients). If you put your hand up to help out a hospital or clinic at this busy time of year, they'll be more likely to get in touch with you next time they're in need. Everyone will be so appreciative of your help, and it won't be quickly forgotten - it's a great opportunity for some career gains.

4/ Spread the Christmas cheer

You'll be surrounded by good vibes and Christmas cheer. Everyone is a little more relaxed at this time of year - stress levels come down, and overall hospitals and clinics will be quieter than usual. Spend your day with those in need and build some good relationships at the same time.

If you're thinking about locuming over the holidays and don't know where to start - we can help. There's a need for locum doctors in Australia and New Zealand - get in touch with us today and we can pull together the best options to suit your wants and needs - and with the highest rates, too!

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Jessica Allen
Article by Jessica AllenMedrecruit Editor