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Have you ever considered becoming a locum?

17/07/2014

There is no doubt that the Local Government market has always had a huge reliance on locums, many of the candidates that work through us have chosen interim work as their consistent source of income. We currently have over 300 lawyers working through us in the Public Sector.

In the last nine months we have noticed an increase in permanent candidates registering with our agency for locum roles. The increase in shared services, alternative business structures and increases in work due to commercial recovery has meant a solid increase in locum rates. This is making the locum market ever more attractive for permanent candidates.

Local Authorities nationwide choose to recruit legal professionals on an interim basis in order to provide additional support to cover periods of maternity leave, increased workloads, legal team restructures, sabbaticals and long term sickness to name a few. 

At LAW Absolute, we appreciate that the change from permanent employment to temporary employment can be daunting, however with the experience and expertise that we hold in this market we are best equipped to help you with this transition and provide you with the advice you need to make an informed decision. We pride ourselves on the level of service that is provided to our candidates and we will keep you informed of any developments the whole way through the recruitment process. If you have handed in your notice we work very closely with you in the weeks before your finish date to ensure you have a role to move into as soon as you are available.

There are many reasons why legal professionals decide to become locums which include:

  • A better work life balance
  • The variety of work and sectors you can choose from
  • The financial benefits
  • Increased flexibility (working from home, compressed hours)
  • More project based work

Please find below some of the comments our candidates/clients have provided on our service:

“Tracey assisted me with recruiting of Solicitors; she was always professional with a strong ability to match my requirements in staff. She was always keen to follow up CV's to ensure her clients received the best possible service from her, and in turn took time to meet with me and understand my business requirements. It was a pleasure to work with Tracey and wouldn't hesitate to use her in the future.”

“I have known Zoe in a professional capacity for approximately one year or so. I have always found her to be, professional, polite, friendly and personable in my dealings with her; and would have no hesitation in recommending her to friends and colleagues.”

“Tracey was very professional and helpful to me at a difficult time. She always listened to me and only put me forward for those roles that I expressly said I was interested in while at the same time keeping me informed about as much as was available. I trusted her judgement and guidance.

I have been working as a Locum Property Lawyer for the last 2 years after working in Local Government at Manchester Stockport Salford Tameside Councils for 27 years as a permanent member of staff. Law Absolute started my career off as a Locum 2 years ago by locating an opportunity at Sheffield Council and Zoe and her former colleague Victoria Farinloye were instrumental in gaining the opportunity. Zoe has since then been quite simply a constant source of help and support and without her kind assistance my career as a Locum would not have been the success it has been. Zoe and I keep in touch for new roles on a regular basis and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to any Locum or Recruitment agency. Zoe manages to combine professionalism and efficiency with a friendly and warm manner and without doubt is the best recruiter I have dealt with in a field which boasts many good personnel. I have never met Zoe as I live in Manchester but work all over the country but feel a genuine friendship has developed based on respect, honesty and a good sense of humour.”

Collectively, Tracey and I have worked on the Local Government team at LAW Absolute for over six and a half years and therefore we are not only passionate about what we do, and the service we provide, but we do genuinely believe we are the most knowledgeable in the market.

If you would like a confidential conversation regarding your current employment situation; and would like to obtain more information about the average hourly rate available on the market for your skill set, please feel free to contact us on the numbers below.

Tracey Newman- 020 7092 8022

Zoe Alex- 020 7092 8012

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After completing four years at the University of Essex studying the LLB and LLM,…

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