Exclusive: UK locum rates stagnate in 2009

Locum pay across the UK has stagnated, and those working in London can receive as little as £150 a day, the 2009 Medeconomics survey of locum earnings reveals.

Photograph: Matt Gore
Photograph: Matt Gore

London locums have seen the lower end of their daily pay range halve in a year, according to the poll of 446 locums.

In 2008, the lowest day rate for London locums was £300. This had dropped to £150 this year.

The top end of the day rate range in London also fell from £625 last year to £530 in 2009.

One London GP said: ‘Inner city London locum rates are considerably lower than other regions.’

The survey’s highest earning locum was from the West Midlands and earned £168,000 per year.

This compares with the top earner in London on £100,000.


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