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Is my associate contract a good one?

Blog Author BDA digital team

Blog Date 14/01/2014

​As 2014 kicks off many of you will be thinking about finding your dream job come the summer and applying for associate roles.


You manage to get the hard bit done; you pass your interview and you are offered a place, but how do you know if your contract is a good one?


You’ll know whether the amount you’ll be paid is suitable, and if you’re happy with what equipment they’re offering you. But what you probably won’t be sure of is if the terms and conditions are ‘normal’ and if there are any clauses which might bite you later on if situations change.


In a nutshell, some of the key points to be covered in a contract are:


  • Name of parties involved in the contract
  • Start date or term
  • Hours you’re expected to work
  • Leave entitlement
  • CPD
  • Payment, i.e. how much and how often

But there are plenty more, and plenty more complicated ones!


So do make sure you read the contract carefully. If you need more help, there’s a contract review service available to members who are associates.


If you are still in the process of searching for your next role, the BDJ is where most associates find their job, with vacancies published online every day.


These cover a wide variety of roles in independent practices, corporates, hospitals and NHS community centres, specialist positions, locum roles and even overseas vacancies in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Dubai.


Good luck!


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