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Being a locum: Is agency work for you?

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Working within the healthcare industry you are faced with different working options, agency or permanent. It’s likely that you work with or know of people that work agency, and perhaps you have thought about moving across to agency work yourself but are left wondering ‘is it really for me?’ With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of reasons why agency working could be right for you.


The beauty of agency work is the ability to decide where and when you want to work. Being an agency worker gives you the freedom to choose how much you work (or how little) based on your requirements. The flexibility allows you to work around your lifestyle and take time out between vacancies if you wish.

2.Better pay

Pay rates when working for an agency tend to be higher than permanent roles, which mean more money to do the things you love. That’s a win win situation, right? Although pay caps and IR35 have reduced the rates agency workers can receive, agency rates are still higher than what the staff banks or NHS pay.

3.Change of environment

Having the option to choose your vacancies also means you can choose your work environment; this is a huge bonus for your experience and skill set and is attractive to future employers.

4.More widely available work

With demand for healthcare workers being so high in the UK, agencies have new work coming in on a daily basis, meaning more options for you and more widely available work.


If agency sounds like the right option for you, what are you waiting for? Sign up with Maxxima and let our team do the hard work for you.

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Why work for Maxxima?


1.CV guidance

Our dedicated and experienced consultants know your specialism incredibly well and take the time to advise you on your CV and interview techniques. We make sure we support you every step of the way.

2.Exclusive opportunities

Holding over 34 master vendors, we have exclusive vacancies that can’t be found anywhere else meaning you have first choice over other agencies. Additionally to this, we have been awarded a number of prestigious contracts affording us exclusivity or preferred supplier status through the following frameworks:

  • Crown Commercial Services (CCS) National Framework for Temporary AHP/HSS staff

  • London Procurement Partnership (LPP) Regional Framework for Temporary AHP/HSS staff

  • HealthTrust Europe (HTE) Total Workforce Solutions Framework

  • NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) National Clinical Staffing Framework Agreement


We offer practical assistance with relocation, so if you’re looking to move we can help with finding accommodation and DBS/CRB checks, helping to ease the stress off your shoulders.

4.Recommend a friend

At Maxxima we love to receive healthcare referrals from our candidates and in return, to say thank you, we offer £250* bonus. There is no limit on the number of recommendations you make, meaning unlimited earnings. This is just another way we like to reward our candidates. Find out more about our referral scheme here.

5.Pay rates

We care about all our candidates, which is why we offer excellent and highly competitive rates of pay. We also give all our candidates a choice of PAYE, umbrella or LTD company payments.


These are just a few of the benefits we offer our candidates. Click here to read more

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