Locum Tenens GP Salary New Zealand

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Travelling to work as a locum GP in New Zealand might leave you with some questions about your salary – after all, a locum tenens salary (in particular a locum GP salary) might just be the deal breaker when accepting a position.

As you’re only temporary, you need to take into account many things, not just the salary for a New Zealand employee. You need to look into the conditions surrounding your appointment and other benefits associated not only with working at that particular facility, but being contracted to a particular provider.

The locum GP salary you’ll be offered will depend on several things. One will be your experience – the more you have, the higher the salary you can expect. In this matter, being a locum tenens is like being a full time employee – the better you are, the more you’re worth. How desperate the facility is for staff will also determine salary. If you receive very little notice for your shift, you will probably be paid more; a desperate facility will pay more to fill a staff shortage. Where the facility is located will also determine your salary potential.

A resident locum GP salary in New Zealand can expect to be paid up to $80 an hour. If you’re a registrar, this may rise to $120 an hour. A General Practitioner can also expect something in this range, whereas a consultant or specialist can demand up to $2,000 a day. However, there might be other perks that could be thrown in to sweeten a deal. You could always ask for a travel allowance, particularly if it’s a remotely located medical practice. If they’re quite desperate you may be asked to fly to the location and of course, this will be paid for. In this instance, too, accommodation will also be a good bargaining tool. If you’re going to be greatly inconvenienced, meal costs might help sway your decision. It never hurts to ask and you’ll never know if you don’t.

How you’re paid varies and it is important to know this before you agree to a shift. You could be paid per hour, which works well if it’s an extended shift, such as 24 hours or more. You may be paid per shift, regardless of how many hours that involves. You could be paid a retainer for a specified period of time, and this could involve call out rates and fees.

Speaking with a reputable medical staffing agency will help you negotiate the tricky questions, so it’s best to engage their services before making the move. Feel free to contact us today should you require our assistance. In the meantime, browse our selection of job opportunities for the next step in your career.