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General Practitioner

As a General Practitioner, the world is literally your oyster. There is a high global demand for General Practitioners due to shortages of qualified physicians in mature markets and an expansion of the primary care services in many countries which were previously underserved by this speciality. Primary care services are being redeveloped in many countries to serve patients better in the community and enhanced skills in clinical and management disciplines are crucial to securing the best roles. 

Models of general practice vary throughout the world and our clients are a mixture of public sector and privately owned hospitals and clinics. Hospital based general practice clinics are common in the Gulf states of the Middle East and in some provinces of Canada. These clinics have the support of laboratory and radiology departments and specialist consultation on site and do not offer out of hours services, which makes them a good place to start working whilst learning about a new healthcare system. Community based clinics are owned by public health care systems, private individuals or companies and may employ a range of physicians and allied health professionals in different specialities.

Locations of General Practitioner Jobs

The majority of positions are in:

  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bahrain
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Kuwait
  • Singapore
  • China
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • Caribbean

Applying for International General Practitioner Jobs

Our consultants will offer you an expert recruitment service starting with a review your CV and evaluation of your skills followed by advice about the positions available in the market, the remuneration for these roles, and the licence and immigration procedures you need to complete before starting work.

Job titles vary and the general practitioner in Canada and USA is called a Family Physician. In the Middle East the job title is Consultant or Specialist Family Physician (the Specalist having less experience) and in Australia the job titles General Practitioner and Family Physician are used interchangeably.

It is important to use the correct job title in your CV or you may be shortlisted for a job you don't want. Take note that the general practitioner in the Middle East is a house officer level role.

Qualifications for General Practitioner Jobs

Before getting started with applications for jobs and licences, you should check that you have the right qualifications, experience, skills and language fluency for the country where you wish to work. A postgraduate residency programme of structured accredited training and a board certification, Membership or Fellowship in General Practice / Family Medicine is a basic requirement, along with an active unrestricted licence to practise and a medical degree from a medical school approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

The qualifications listed below are widely accepted in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Oman and many other countries. Qualifications from other Western European nations are also accepted in many countries, so if in doubt, contact us to confirm if your qualifications are accepted for the position you want.

General Practice and Family Medicine Qualifications from the Anglosphere


United Kingdom


United States of AmericaAmerican Board of Family Medicine
South AfricaMMed Family Medicine 
New ZealandFRNZCGP

Extra Skills for General Practitioner Jobs

Extra clinical and transferrable management skills give you a vital competitive advantage for securing job offers and successful performance in the job. The most important skills depend upon the specific role, but those listed below are common.


  • dermatology
  • sports injuries
  • joint injection
  • paediatrics
  • minor surgery
  • anaesthesia
  • travel medicine
  • occupational medicine
  • rural and remote medicine
  • psychiatry
  • emergency medicine and urgent care
  • resuscitation
  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • geriatrics


  • influencing and negotiation
  • accountancy and finance
  • marketing
  • communication
  • human resource management
  • critical analysis and problem solving
  • creativity and innovation

In Australia and New Zealand, GPs can work as District Medical Officers in hospital emergency, anaesthesia, medical or obstetric departments. In Canada resuscitation and anaesthesia skills are sought for remote location work.

General Practitioner Salaries and Fees

General Practitioners are either employed on a salary, often with an added incentive or benefits package, or hired on a fee for service contract where a percentage of the total fees earned is dedicated to the practice management. The former provides security and a guaranteed income, whilst the latter is more risky at the start but rewarded with substantially higher earnings in a well established practice. 

In the Middle East, most family physician jobs are salaried with a benefits package which includes accommodation, healthcare and flights with 30 days holiday. A smaller number of jobs have an incentive package which awards a performance based fee split with the hospital or clinic owners, and limited benefits, usually restricted to holiday pay, travel and healthcare insurance.

In Australia, New Zealand and Canada, most jobs are fee for service where what you earn will depend upon the amount of work you do. The total fee income is then split on an agreed percentage basis with the clinic owners to cover the management costs. Fee splits range from 55/45 to 75/25.  In Newfoundland Canada, there are salaried GP options with retention bonuses.

Most family physicians in Canada can generate revenue of $350K per year and hard workers can generate substantially more, some exceeding $1 million. Billings in Australia are similar, although in Australian dollars, and in the UAE you can expect a salary of AED 40,000 - 60,000 per month depending upon the employer. 

Obtaining a Licence to Practice as a General Practitioner

Every country, and every province in Canada, has its own application procedures for obtaining a practice certficate and our consultants will guide you through the complexities of the relevant processes. 

As a general rule, you will need 

  1. Primary Source Verification of qualifications and current practice certificate from EPIC (ECFMG) or Data Flow 
  2. Three referees who will vouch for your competence and professionalism.
  3. A clear and concise CV which summarises your qualifications, professional skills, achievements and their relevance to the job you seek.

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