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UK healthcare jobs on the rise as NHS continues to suffer from staff shortages

These increases coincide with recent fears over a widening skills gap in the healthcare sector in particular.

Industry Employment Trends

Top growth industries (month on month) – change compared to July 2014

1.     Transportation (5%)

2.     Healthcare (up 3%)

3.     Hospitality (up 3%)

4.     Construction (up 3%)

5.     Manufacturing (up 1%)

Top growth industries (year on year) – change compared to August 2013

1.     Real Estate (up 47%)

2.     Education (up 40%)

3.     Hospitality (up 36%)

4.     Healthcare (up 34%)

5.     Transportation (up 34%)

Key stats:

-       London outstrips all other UK cities with healthcare job vacancies, totalling almost 250,000

-       Outside of London, Manchester and Birmingham are the top UK employment hubs for the healthcare industry

-       Job postings have increased in August across all sectors compared to July

-       Overall, the Retail sector had the highest number of job postings in the UK in August, with 156,252 positions available

David Rudick, VP International Markets,, said, “While we see continued strong employment growth in the transportation and construction sectors this month, both the healthcare and hospitality industries have steadily been climbing the vacancies ladder across the past year, this month alone experiencing an increase of 3% compared with July.

"It’s perhaps worrying then thatfigures released earlier this year showed that growing healthcare skills shortages in the UK are leading the NHS to recruit heavily from other EU countries such as Spain, Italy and Portugal, with overseas recruitment increasing by more than 50% this year already. The shortage is felt most in the capital, with London standing at248,946 vacancies, more than four times the national average.

"Plugging this skills gap needs to go back further than adapting undergraduate studies – employers need to work more closely with local schools and colleges to develop the skills of young people in the UK, particularly in sectors like healthcare and engineering where practical work experience is incredibly important. The Government has already taken steps to introduce apprenticeships for school leavers, such as Nick Clegg’s apprenticeship scheme, but continued skills shortages and rising vacancies suggest that more steps need to be made in this direction.”


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