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Why should you consider locuming?

by Rayhaneh Tehrani | 19 February 2018

More and more candidates are coming to us as permanent employees, but choosing to consider their options and discuss the opportunity of contracting. The general initial conception of contracting is that it has no positive benefits for candidates to move from a permanent contract to one that is ‘less stable’. I want to put the misconception to bed once and for all as there are a huge number of benefits for candidates moving into a locum role. As locuming is becoming the more popular choice with our candidates, here’s the top reasons why choosing a locum role could be the best option for you:

Salary – starting with the most obvious! 
There is a much larger earning potential working as a locum. The demand for locum lawyers drives up the rates and as such you would be earning an hourly rate which is much more lucrative in the long term.

This is one of the top reasons why people consider taking a step into the world of contracting. Whether it be for the shorter hours, home working or shorter term contracts to have time out in-between roles. It can be tailored around your needs and ensure it works for you as an individual.

Work life balance 
This is an extension of the above, with most of our locum roles our candidates work around company core hours. Usually these are 10:00am – 16:00pm and candidates are able to work their work life around personal commitments. I know this is a big plus for those with young families doing the school pick up and drop off!

New challenges 
A lot of candidates use locum roles as an opportunity to take a step up in their career. Locum and contract roles often have more scope to get involved with ad-hoc matters and projects. This can give you a new opportunity to get involved in more high profile work and get more experienced in a niche area of work. 

This is an interesting one, more and more we are finding that candidates in locum roles are able to specialise in more technical work. We have found that locums are able to differentiate their skillset against permanent employees and use this to their advantage to secure posts that involve more interesting work. 

Creating a personal brand 
If you can build up experience in a niche area of work you create a personal and professional brand for yourself. The majority of our long term contractors have a name for themselves in the market and more often than not they are recommended for posts or clients call up asking for particular candidates to fill their new roles. 

Long term career prospects 
It is a preconception that contractors have less security and can’t have a longer term career as a locum. For our public sector clients the duration of roles can be anything from 2 weeks up to three or four years! 

Building experience
Moving back down the career ladder if you are just starting out in your career taking on a locum role is a good way to get your foot in the door. Candidates that are newly qualified are starting in locum posts to decide which area of law to specialise in for example.

Whatever stage you are in your career it can really pay to consider a locum post as your next role! These are just a handful of the reasons why more and more permanent candidates are leaning towards taking on a contract or locum opportunity. 

If you have any further questions or want some advice on locuming or the next step in your career please do get in touch with me by emailing kate.wilkinson@sellickpartnership.co.uk or calling me on 0161 834 1642. Alternatively you can view out latest roles using the link below.