At Vets Now, we’re committed to meeting the needs of all of our vets and vet nurses.
As part of that, we’ve given senior staff the autonomy to draw up rotas that support good work-life balance and put in place flexible working patterns that suit everyone, no matter what stage they’re at in their careers. One of our most recent initiatives is the introduction of weekend-only shifts.
These are already proving popular with parents juggling weekday childcare demands, locums seeking a little more stability and vets and vet nurses who are simply keen to gain more experience in emergency and critical care.
In the first of a series of Q&As with our recruitment team, we asked recruitment partner David Edment about what weekend working at Vets Now entails.
How have the weekend roles come about?
At Vets Now, people are our biggest asset. We’re constantly looking at ways to invest in our staff and improve their working conditions. As part of our drive to reduce contracted hours and increase salaries we have created weekend opportunities that, in our opinion, provide great flexibility.
How do the weekend shifts work?
As I said, we offer great flexibility when it comes to weekend shift patterns — you don’t actually need to work a full weekend. We’re keen to chat with vets or vet nurses who want to work every weekend or to those who can only commit to, perhaps, one Saturday or Sunday a month. You shouldn’t assume this will mean committing to working nights. We can also offer day shifts that kick off bright and early or start late in the afternoon. With as little as one or two set shifts a month, we can guarantee a stable and regular income. You’ll also have the option of picking up ad-hoc shifts as overtime (paid monthly) in your own and other clinics, if you want them.
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Who are these roles for?
Anyone and everyone, really. Perhaps you’re a locum looking to retain your shifts on a regular basis but still want freedom with the bulk of your time off. Or possibly you work in general practice and want to develop your ECC skills without a total career shift. You could be a parent returning to work and looking for regular hours that won’t impact on your family. You might be looking to add ECC experience to your CV but don’t want to commit to full-time nights. Or perhaps you want to pursue a passion and build an ECC career around your lifestyle. It might be, of course, that you’re simply looking to earn some extra money.
What benefits do weekend staff receive?
Weekend staff will find that there’s an enhanced rate of pay and even if contracted hours are quite small, a full package of benefits will be available. This includes full RCVS fees paid, private medical insurance (from April 2019), pension contributions, CPD allowance, holiday pay, and maternity, paternity and adoption leave. We’ll even support you in studying for a certificate, if you choose to do so.
What support is available for those joining Vets Now?
Teamwork is really important to us. Being part of the permanent Vets Now family will involve sharing information, regular coaching and mentoring, and our senior staff will support your continuing professional development.
Please contact the recruitment team on 01383 841 181 or email them here for further information about permanent weekend opportunities in your local area.