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Experienced IT pros very attracted to the career stability of the NHS survey finds

Experienced IT pros very attracted to the career stability of the NHS survey finds

Nearly 70% of experienced IT professionals have seriously considered working for the NHS according to a new survey by specialist IT healthcare recruiters max20.

The survey, which covers the views of 130 IT professionals working outside the NHS pinpointed career stability (46%) and giving something back to the community (21.9%) as the main reasons for wanting to work for the NHS.

Better rates and more IT friendly environments also feature strongly.

These findings are echoed by an additional 400 IT NHS professionals surveyed when asked how new talent could be attracted.

This group also named rates as being a key factor, but only 8.6% of non-NHS IT staff considered this the most attractive reason for working in the NHS.

Moreover, while nearly half of the 400 NHS IT employees stated that the scope and scale of projects was what most attracted them to the NHS, just 7% of non-NHS IT professionals have similar sentiments.

The findings also revealed many IT professionals are still put off from pursuing their interest further by the belief that NHS experience is necessary to securing a new career path.

Don Tomlinson heads up max20, which works with over 150 NHS organisations, including many of the country’s biggest Trusts, Informatics Services and Primary Care Trusts.

He says: “The NHS will miss out on new talent to meet the growing demands for high level IT professionals created by the restructuring of the organisation.

“We have to get across that the NHS is starting to seriously consider experienced IT professionals with business skills.  We have placed quite a number senior staff without NHS experience this year.  Things are changing fast, but this message and others are yet to fully to catch-up.”

The survey finds that IT professionals that enter the NHS tend to stay long-term (38.4% currently longer than four years).  Nearly 50% intend to stay for at least another three years.

IT contractors in the NHS mirror this outlook, having multiple contracts: 42% have fulfilled between two and four contracts and 22% have completed five to ten.

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