Locum Rates in London
Hospitals in Greater London have collected agreed to cap the hourly rates that they will pay locum doctors, as part of a cost-cutting measure. This articles explains where those rates apply, how much you will get paid and your options if you want to earn more.
Where do the rates apply?
This map shows where the pan-London rates apply (in blue), and a selection of hospitals surrounding London where you can expect to receive higher rates. See the bottom of the article for a full list.
These rates apply to locum work both through the hospital banks and locum agencies.
What are the Pan-London rates?
The rates are as follows:
Senior House Officer
Core: £36.14 per hour
Anti-social: £43.37 per hour
Core: £45.18 per hour (£56.48 per hour in A&E)
Anti-social: £54.21 per hour (£67.77 per hour in A&E)
Core: £73.05 per hour (£89.11 per hour in A&E)
Anti-social: £86.61 (£106.05 per hour in A&E)
There tends to be more flexibility for Registrars than SHOs, with £55-60 per hour for core hours achievable in some cases, and much variability for Consultants depending on the specialty, the level of seniority of the Consultant and the level of demand.
Can I ever get more than this?
Yes, occasionally. There are cases where the hospitals can escalate rates above these levels (called ‘break-glass’ provisions) in certain cases. Typically, however, if you're looking for a longer term block of locums in London this will almost always be at the Pan-London rates.
How often the break-glass rules are invoked varies significantly from hospital to hospital, so it's best to check with colleagues or your recruitment consultant to see what is achievable.
At the SHO level for example, you might expect to get £40-45 per hour for Core hours, and up to £50 per hour at best for Anti-social hours.
Of course, the obvious way of increasing your hourly rate is to look at hospitals outside of London, where these rates are commonplace. We have included some of the closest hospitals to London which have non-capped rates onto the map above and the list below.
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Within Pan-London Rate Cap
Central Middlesex Hospital
Charing Cross Hospital
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Croydon University Hospital
Epsom General Hospital
Homerton University Hospital
King George Hospital
King's College Hospital
Newham University Hospital
North Middlesex University Hospital
Northwick Park Hospital
Princess Royal University Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich
Queen's Hospital, Romford
Royal Brompton Hospital
Royal Free Hospital
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
St Helier Hospital
St Mary's Hospital
St Peter's Hospital
St Thomas' Hospital
The Royal London Hospital
The Whittington Hospital
University College Hospital
University Hospital Lewisham
West Middlesex University Hospital
Whipps Cross University Hospital
Outside Pan-London Rate Cap
Basildon University Hospital
Darent Valley Hospital
East Surrey Hospital
Frimley Park Hospital
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospital
Medway Maritime Hospital
Princess Alexandra hospital
Royal Berkshire Hospital
Royal Surrey County Hospital
St Peter's Hospital
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Watford General Hospital
Wexham Park Hospital
+ many others further afield
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