Working as a locum optometrist isn’t for everyone, but it does come with its rewards. We’ve collated three reasons why you should consider working as a locum optometrist in 2022.

High paying, flexible shifts

Every month, we upload thousands of shifts on our platform which provide our locum optometrists with a wide variety of locations and rates. According to our latest survey, some members of the healthcare professionals make the transition into locum work for financial reasons as payment rates vary enormously in certain regions across the country and it is believed that if you are able to obtain regular locum work, you will earn more than someone who is in a permanent position. Of course, payment rates vary according to a wide range of factors, including regional and seasonal trends. But it’s really all down to supply and demand. We also are currently (December ‘21) offering a £100 welcome bonus when you work your first shift.

Immediate start

For someone who’s not currently in work, we can provide a very quick recruitment process, followed by immediate work, which may well prove invaluable to those who don’t have the time to hang around. For someone who is between jobs, locum work can fill a period of potential inactivity, and it may just prove so enjoyable that a permanent position is no longer desired.


Experience is important in the healthcare profession. Especially when there is so much to learn. Some of our locums are adventurous as they not only enjoy moving from location to location but also love getting to know different people, different opticians processes, and different systems. Locuming as an optometrist is a great way of building yourself an excellent reputation in the field.

Need more information? Great news, we are running our first locum optometry event on 15th December, sign up here.

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Locate a Locum Team