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Advice for locum workers

Increasingly, legal professionals are seeing the benefits of locuming at some point in their career. It’s traditionally a decision based on personal circumstances but, as the locum market continues to remain buoyant, it’s a consideration more people are making in order to achieve the work-life balance they desire.

The demand for legal locums is strong and shows no signs of slowing, with an increasing number of legal professionals taking advantage of the opportunity to experience something new and expand their professional knowledge.


Useful links

 
 

Umbrella providers

View information
on umbrella providers
- why and how to use


PSC Services

View information on 
Personal Service
Companies

 

Online time-sheets

Submit your
time-sheet via our
online portal

Why should you become a locum?

  • Flexibility – Unlike the potential restraints of a permanent position, you have more input into where you work and for how long   
  • Variety – You can enjoy working across different sectors and in different environments
  • Lifestyle – Flexi-time, extended holidays and shorter working weeks are all possible
  • Income – Your consultant will always work to provide you with the best rate for your position, and you can often find yourself earning more than you would within a permanent position
  • Experience – The skills you will gain across the variety of positions you undertake as a locum will help to make your CV stand out to future employers  
  • Continuation of your career – If you are looking to go into retirement but don’t want to stop working altogether, working as a locum can be a good way to continue your legal career after leaving full-time employment.

How do locums get paid?   

  • PAYE a common method of payment; you are an employee of Sellick Partnership. To be paid you must submit a weekly timesheet as per PAYE deadlines, payment will be made after all statutory deductions have been made

  • Self-employed this method is only available for contractors or locums who are not under the Supervision, Direction or Control of the Client and meet HMRC’s definition of self-employed

  • Umbrella Workers – as an employee of the Umbrella Company they will process payment to you following submission of an authorised timesheet and invoice. Expenses may also be claimed as a tax deduction and often additional employment benefits such as childcare vouchers; insurance and pensions are included
  • Own Limited Company – often referred to as a Personal Service Company (PSC), you would be a Director of your own limited company submitting timesheets through the Sellick Partnership portal and submitting your own invoices. This would be suitable for long term professional contractors.


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