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Optician Salary Survey: Average pay on the rise

Over 700 practitioners logged on to to take part in our annual salary survey, revealing not only levels of pay but also patterns of working, preference for benefits, reasons for changing jobs, desired locations and how long it took to find them. Emma White reports

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Independents and franchises pay best

Franchise and independent practices continue to offer the highest salaries with dispensing opticians at multiples earning on average half as much as those working at franchise practices, according to latest statistics.

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Salary Survey 2005

Longer working hours, lower salaries and a strong desire to work in specific locations characterised the results of this year's salary survey which for the first time was conducted electronically

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Looking to Australia

After having qualified as an optometrist in the UK, Rabiah Narband moved to Australia. Here she describes the structure of the profession Down Under and what she had to do in order to practise there

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The gold standard

How can optics attract the technicians, laboratory supervisors and managers of the future? Here, the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (SMC) explains the benefits of its SMC Tech qualifications

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The work/lifestyle benefits of being a locum are obvious, but with daily rates remaining static and work becoming harder to find, the lure of a salaried position, albeit working for less, is beginning to entice even the most independent minded back to the full-time fold, as Rory Brogan discovers

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How to write the perfect CV

Recruitment expert Richard Lonsdale, managing director of OPEN recruitment provides advice on creating the perfect resume.

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The specialist optometrist

Professor Ram Dhillon and consultant ophthalmologists Christopher Bentley and Philip Bloom outline a new training opportunity addressing the future demand for specialised optoms

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Taking the first steps

optician talks to David Walker, chairman of the SMC Training Committee, about the launch of its Level 2 Certificate in Optical Production Processes