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Healthcare contractors remain optimistic about pay despite public sector cutbacks

Healthcare contractors remain optimistic about pay despite public sector cutbacks

61% still expect pay rises this year

? Contractors now consider longer term contracts more important than hourly rate

61% of contract healthcare professionals expect to see their incomes rise this year says giant group, the umbrella employment provider.

The survey* from giant shows that healthcare professionals remain optimistic about their pay for the coming year, despite on-going public sector cuts which have hit the healthcare sector hard.

Matthew Brown, Managing Director of giant says: “Contract healthcare professionals remain optimistic about their job prospects in the healthcare sector, believing there will be more opportunities for them as employers seek to keep permanent head count down.”

“NHS budgets may be ring fenced, but with healthcare costs escalating, NHS managers are under a lot of pressure to minimise expenditure on staff. This has led to greater use of contractors, who can help NHS trusts handle sudden spikes in demand for particular services without having to take on the long-term costs of permanent staff.”

According to giant, 21% of those surveyed expect more job opportunities in NHS hospitals in the coming year, compared to just 9% of those surveyed last year. (July 1st – June 31st)

The research by giant also reveals that 52% of healthcare contractors would now prefer a longer term contract over a higher hourly rate, compared to 47% last year.

Comments Matthew Brown: “As spending on pay in the healthcare sector remains under the microscope, the focus for contractors is now firmly on the security of longer placements. Contractors are now willing to be more flexible in their remuneration in order to secure reliable employment.”

*survey of 117 healthcare professionals was conducted by giant group plc

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