There are times of the year when locum demand is particularly high, this is generally due to it being a popular time of the year for permanently employed pharmacists to take their holidays. This will typically coincide with school holidays, national holidays, and religious festivals. Severe weather conditions can also cause a high locum demand, although this is not predictable in the same way. It is also worth noting that most companies do not allow their staff members to take time off during December, as this is an important commercial period. December and the months either side of it, tend to be a notoriously quiet time for locum work, it is advisable to try to book much of these months in advance if you are planning on working through this period. On the other hand, it can be an ideal time of the year to take a well-deserved break.
We have created a ‘Locum Calendar’ with all of the important dates that locum pharmacists are in high demand and consequently enhanced rates. It is a good idea to mark these dates in your calendar and bear them in mind when you are considering bookings.