Over 700 practitioners logged on to opticianonline.net 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
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.
Our series on UK optometry departments continues with a visit to Anglia Ruskin University. Emma White reports
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
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
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
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
In the second of this series Richard Lonsdale of OPEN looks at how to make sure you perform well at interview
Recruitment expert Richard Lonsdale, managing director of OPEN recruitment provides advice on creating the perfect resume.
Professor Ram Dhillon and consultant ophthalmologists Christopher Bentley and Philip Bloom outline a new training opportunity addressing the future demand for specialised optoms
optician talks to David Walker, chairman of the SMC Training Committee, about the launch of its Level 2 Certificate in Optical Production Processes