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Holiday Pay For Locum GPs

A recent court case has shed new-light on how the “gig economy” effects the rights of locum GPs. The ruling in this case suggests that GP locums who are engaged through locum agencies or chambers may be entitled to holiday pay and other employment benefits. If however the locum is directly engaged by a practice, and the locum is “self-employed” under IR35 rules, then the locum GP will not be entitled to these employment rights.

For practices who have previously engaged locums through a locum agency or chambers you should speak with your accountants to identify whether these locums may be entitled to back pay for holidays and other employment benefits.

For practices who engage locums directly, you should use gov.uk website to check whether or not the locums that you engage are self-employed or not, and thus what benefits they are entitled to, and what your responsibilities are with regard to tax and National Insurance. There is also more information on the BMA website . If you are uncertain, then please check with your accountants.