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Locum vets in Ireland earning €250+/day

Locum vets in Ireland are earning between €250-€400/day, on average, a new survey has revealed.

The Vet Service gathered client data from ten English-speaking countries to compile its newly released publication, entitled, The Global Vet Salary Report for 2022.

This report aims to provide a starting point for salary negotiations and to allow locums to set a “fair” price for their services.

Its release comes alongside the publication of the Recruit4 Vets 2022 Vet Salary report, which is authored by Phil Snowball and is now in its fifth year.

The latter survey outlined the main reasons why vets opt to locum. In this particular survey, 65% cited flexibility, while 25% said better pay and a further 8%’s reason fell under other.

Meanwhile, 2% revealed they wish to gain more experience, and 1% outlined that their locum career arose because of relocation.

Locum vet rates

The report outlines that locum pay rates have “risen substantially” over the last two years.

It has pointed to an acute shortage of vets, Brexit and a reduction in the number of European vets working in the UK as some of the primary drivers.

It believes that it is “unlikely” that the number of people deciding to locum as a career choice will reduce.

Meanwhile, The Vet Service’s reports also highlights that more vets are choosing to work as locums mainly because of increased flexibility in working hours.

Again, as is the case with permanent vets, locums in the US are the top earners, making between just under €300/day to just over €800 (based on currency conversion rates at the time of writing).

Meanwhile, in the UK, the locum/relief day rate is reported to be between circa €340-€680, and in Canada, the rates are generally just under €300 to just shy of the €600 mark.

In New Zealand, rates are from just over €200-€425, while locum vets in Australia can earn between €320-€485/day and in Canada, rates are from €290-€580.

The survey does not provide locum rates for vets in Hong Kong, UAE, Qatar and South America.

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