Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes! We are a bespoke veterinary recruitment company, so we will go out and find the right permanent or locum job for you if you let us know your preferences. You can let us know your preferences by contacting us here.

It is completely free for locums to use. The only thing you pay is your tax and NI. There are no costs to submit an invoice, and no fee to the employer’s National Insurance contribution.

We think charging a locum for Employer's National Insurance is unfair. We think that levying a timesheet or membership fee is unfair too. Simply Vets doesn't charge you any of the above so on a comparable rate of pay for a comparable role, we guarantee you will earn more money per shift than with a traditional umbrella company.

Absolutely. You can work at as many practices as you want.

No. As our employee, you pay employed levels of tax and national insurance so IR35 is not applicable. Contractors who operate through their own limited company, and withdraw funds as a dividend, need to consider their IR35 status.

We offer all of our members additional benefits including; networking evenings, CPD sessions, membership with The Webinar Vet, trees planted in your name, spot prizes, and much more.

You are an employee. On joining, you sign an employment contract and you are entitled to all the standard rights of an employee. We pay all the necessary tax and NI contributions to HMRC on your behalf.

You will always be paid on the third Friday of every month. Your payment is based on completed timesheets for that previous month. For example, any work submitted on timesheets for May is paid the third Friday in June. The deadline for timesheets to be paid in that month is one week after the end of the month.

Yes! Pay slips will be sent out a couple of days after you are paid.

You are paid into your nominated bank account monthly on the third Friday of each month.

We offer a workplace pension. Our pension provider is Smart Pension. Under government rules you pay five per cent, and we pay three per cent into the scheme.

We are REC accredited and approved for work with IVCE and Vet4Pets.

We require all of our locums to have up to date VDS insurance to become a member of Simply Vets.

If you are not receiving any emails from Simply Vets, please check your junk or spam folder.

You can charge whatever you like. However, please speak to your recruitment executive who will be able to advise what the going rate is for your area.

It’s no problem if you don’t have a P45. You can still join up, and will still be paid. One thing to bear in mind is that until we are sent your tax code by HMRC, you may be subject to emergency tax, which you can of course claim back.

We use an app called TimeTemp for all timesheet submissions. It is also where your timesheets will be signed off by the practice.

Expense requests are also submitted via TimeTemp. Once again, they will be signed off by the practice in TimeTemp too.

You will be auto enrolled for pension, unless you opt out, which you are free to do so. Your enrollment to the scheme will begin upon completion of 100 hours.

Yes. Your holiday accrual is rolled up into each month.

Simply Vets will pay statutory sick pay as required during any qualifying period of absence.

You will be paid by Simply Vets as we are technically your employer. We invoice the practice for the work you have done through us for them. Once they have paid us, we will pay you monthly on third Friday of each month.

There is no minimum amount of shifts you need to work through Simply Vets. You can work one shift this month, no shifts next month and 50 shifts the month after.

Yes, you can work through more than one recruitment agency. We just ask you to keep us updated so we can ensure your tax code is correct.

If you could let us know the practice’s contact details and the rate agreed, we can contact the practice with a rate breakdown to see if they are happy to pay you through Simply Vets. We would suggest arranging the work through ourselves when you find a practice so we can liaise with the practice earlier in the process.

Unfortunately, we don’t currently work with other recruitment agencies as they already add on a fee on the agreed rate with the practice.

Inform your employer if you decide to locum alongside your perm role so they are aware your tax code might change. You will complete the HMRC New Starter Checklist as part of your contract when prior your start date with us, that should help us generate the correct tax code. You can find out more about income tax here -

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