Setting the right locum rates

7th July 2020 by NASGP

Two main factors influence the rates you should charge GP practices as a GP locum: what seems fair, given the costs you incur, and the market rate for someone with your experience, providing the service you offer.

Our locum rates calculator covers the first of these, taking into account all the expenses you have to pay – such as professional memberships, NHS appraisal, and accountancy and tax advice.

The second factor – market rate – is more difficult to define. The BMA used to publish suggested rates, but no longer does this due to legal concerns about anti-competitive behaviour (see below).

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