Pharmacy locum jobs seek to fill temporary vacancies caused by the permanent pharmacy jobholder going on leave, and on other such contingencies. As people are always going on leave or resigning or falling sick and so on, there is a steady flow of locum jobs. Pharmacies cannot legally function without the oversight of a qualified pharmacist and the support of pharmacy technicians.
For the locum employee, temporary jobs might be best owing to the person’s personal circumstances or preferences. They specify their rates of pay, traveling distance, working hours, etc to the locum agency, and also indicate the period during which they would be available for locum work. The agency notifies the employee when a vacancy matching the person’s criteria arises.
It is the locum agencies that attend to the key function of matching employees and pharmacies, both of whom would find things difficult without such an intermediary.
What the Locum Pharmacists Gain
Pharmacy locum jobs agencies help the locum pharmacists utilize their hard-earned expertise to earn good money, without having to be bound by inflexible working hours and other conditions of a full time job. This can prove valuable for those persons who simply cannot work at full time jobs for one reason or other.
The agencies also help locum employees to keep up with developments in their field and also support them with helpful hints. One high value service is keeping an account of each locum’s earnings and helping the person with tax formalities and returns applicable to self-employed persons.
Locums can also get help with pharmacy practices such as pharmacy operating procedures, ordering procedures, computer operations and so on. This kind of support can be invaluable for those who have kept away from work for long periods.
As and when each locum job is taken up, the agencies can smoothen the induction process by providing employer-specific information to locums. Information such as contact details, working hours, parking details and so on can help the newcomer fit into the new engagement quickly and smoothly.
What the Pharmacies Gain
Unless a pharmacy employs surplus staff, operations can be disrupted when a key employee, such as a pharmacist, goes on leave or otherwise becomes unavailable. Considering the high pay of the professionals, it is not an economic proposition to employ surplus, backup staff.
In such a context, the pharmacy will have to find a new employee at short notice. This becomes particularly difficult if the employment is for a short term. Instead of focusing on its business, the pharmacy will have to go out looking for qualified employees willing to fill the temporary position.
Agencies that specialize in pharmacy locum jobs will have a good number of locum pharmacists in their database, many of whom might fit the pharmacy’s requirements. Pharmacies can thus quickly find a temporary replacement by approaching the agency.
In Britain, the National Health Services – NHS – works with a network of agencies that provide locum professionals when needed. In this way, NHS is able to function with few disruptions.