The rates are better up north, in my opinion.
With the living costs increasing the rates should be higher, but the standard rates 250£ weekday,
And 300£ weekends. Boots usually offer higher, ( 325 weekends) can usually negotiate rates anyway if they desperate for last minute cover.
There are plenty of independents also do call around and tell them ur around for cover near their areA.
Hope that helps. 🙂
( Meena from leeds)