Doctors Salaries New Zealand
Doctors salaries are covered by a universal national agreement; however there can be differences between the 21 DHBs based upon how well your skills and experience meet the needs of the role, the size of the team and whether or not you will have the support of junior doctors and whether or not you already hold Vocational Registration with the MCNZ.
Locum appointments of less than 12 months are still possible in NZ, but less common, due to a more competitive marketplace. It is now more common for employers to offer a new staff member a package in accord with the national agreement, rather than an independent contractor.
Working conditions in NZ are very good for Specialists, which is the reason it can be very attractive to specialists from more stressful professional cultures. The national agreement includes an allocation of 30% of your weekly roster available for “non-clinical” duties, plus includes 6 weeks paid annual leave per year plus up to NZ$16,000 and generous paid study leave dependent on seniority. There are additional payments for oncall, callbacks and other additional responsibilities, and relocation incentives for more remote locations may be offered, although this is not standard and should not be expected. NZ is an excellent location for a high quality lifestyle.
Your employer in NZ will meet the costs of employment such as medical indemnity insurance, registration, licences, college membership fees etc, which can be a huge saving. We advise that you engage a qualified accountant in New Zealand to manage your affairs.
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