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4 out of 5 (82%) health and social work professionals would consider progressing their career overseas, according to a survey of almost 800 health and social work professionals across the globe, carried out by specialist health and social care staffing agency PULSE.
PULSE commissioned the survey to identify what the most popular locations are for the increasing number of health and social work professionals wishing to work or train abroad.  The research findings support data from PULSE which shows that the number of health and social work professionals searching for international vacancies has increased by over 50% in the last year.
The survey, which questioned candidates across PULSEs international network on which location they would choose to work, revealed the top five most desirable locations to be:
The land down under rises to the top:  Australia topped the list as the most desirable location for health and social work professionals, with 1 in 5 (20%) of survey respondents choosing the land down under as their top job spot.  Australia is the sixth largest country in the world but has the lowest population density, meaning that health and social work professionals can benefit from a more relaxed culture and work/life balance.  In addition, many are tempted by the outdoor lifestyle, warm sunny climate and shorter winters.  The healthcare system is also very similar to the UK and USA making it easy for healthcare professionals to make the transition.
 The Great White North cited as healthcare hotspot: Canada came a close second, with 1 in 6 (16%) of those surveyed choosing the country as the most desirable location to live and work.  Canada was ranked by the United Nations1 as one of the best places to live in the world based on the national income, life expectancy and education attainment of those who live there. 
Health and social care professionals set their sights on the UK: The UK was cited as the third most appealing country to work in with 15.5% of those surveyed choosing the UK as their preferred location.  Almost 1.3 million people work for the NHS, which is one of the worlds biggest employers.  The NHS is renowned globally for the training and development of its employees and UK healthcare workers also receive a number of benefits including occupational health services.
Doctors and nurses tempted to go Stateside : The USA was the fourth most popular country health and social work professionals would consider moving to with 14.6% of respondents tempted by the job opportunities on offer.  With Obamas plans for a reform of US healthcare aimed at advancing patient care, lowering costs and improving working conditions for those working in the profession, America is an attractive option for those looking to work overseas. 
Kiwi experience attracts health and social care workers: Over 1 in 10 (12.5%) health and social work professionals favoured New Zealand as their overseas job hot spot.  Healthcare professionals choosing to work in New Zealand can not only benefit from the relaxed culture and low house prices but will also experience working in one of the best healthcare systems in the world.
PULSE places specialist professionals in temporary and permanent jobs, world-wide and is seeing an increasing number of professionals choosing to live and work abroad.
PULSE candidate, Marc Greenham explains why:
Having started my nursing career in the UK, I was keen to take on a new challenge and work overseas.  I had always wanted to visit Australia and with the promise of sunshine and no language barriers it was an obvious choice.  Working overseas has given me a different insight into nursing practice and the opportunities for career development here have been great.  With more resources and funding available for training I have been able to broaden my skill set and increase my knowledge and experience in specialist areas such as treating infectious diseases and training newly qualified staff skills that will help me progress my career when I return to the UK.
PULSE currently delivers staffing services throughout the UK, Australia and the Middle East and is planning to expand its international presence to North America and Asia as a result of the changing pace of the recruitment industry.
Steve Twelftree, Head of International Operations of PULSE comments:
The future of healthcare is global.  International work placements are becoming an increasingly popular option for healthcare professionals and social workers looking to up-skill and fast track their career progression.  We work across all of our international offices to bring together talent and share best practice from across the globe.  By sharing knowledge, skills and experience in this way, we can help to develop a high skilled and flexible global workforce.
Commenting on the top five job hot spots, Twelftree continues:
Overseas workers can make a vital contribution to the NHS and equally, healthcare professionals and social workers from the UK can benefit from the specialist training and experience on offer through international work placements, eventually bringing these vital skills back into the UK and sharing best practice.


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