Filling Maternity Leave Positions

One type of leave that’s always a happy time for the office is when someone goes on maternity leave!

However, it does pose the challenge of finding suitable cover which can be tricky since it’s temporary.

You've got three options when it comes to mat leave fill.

First and often easiest is to chat with current staff and see if they have the capacity to increase their hours or help out at all. Current staff should be your first port of call.

The second option is the most traditional - advertise! Put an ad out for a maternity locum. The challenge here is the standard of applications, so you have to make the job attractive to someone who would possess the criteria you require.

A non-traditional approach with the traditional job ad is where you advertise. I always advertise on seek, however I’ve made four hires by also posting the job on my local buy swap and sell facebook groups! That’s been my biggest secret to success in getting people into support roles.

Finally, use an agency. There is an expense but for the headache a temp agency will cure, I think it’s worth it. It's a valuable relationship to have for staffing needs that come up from time to time. I’d just say find a specialist agency who are experts in your field.

To find an agency, I’ve gone with word of mouth in the past, but your best rule of thumb is to chat with three and pick your favourite.

So there you go! Three solutions to your mat leave cover needs.

I’d love to hear if you have a non-traditional place to post job ads! Let me know via @emmaspencer on instagram, or through the HR and Leadership Skills for Aussie Health Practice owners Facebook group.


Emma Spencer

Emma is a Clinical Psychologist who has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and families and peri-natal care.  Her background has been varied and included employment within hospital and community settings, both public and private.

Emma also worked for a number of years in consulting, as a trainer, project manager, neuropsychological assessor and also provided employment selection and transition services.