Healthcare criticism fails to stall contractor demand
In a study of its healthcare contracting database, giant found that 87% of those surveyed expect to see their earnings increase or remain level over the coming year. Almost half (47%) were expecting to find work in hospitals alone in the next 12 months.
This is in spite of on-going debates surrounding NHS budgets and funding as the general election nears, with some commentators suggesting there needs to be a review of NHS outsourcing. The positive contractor sentiment, however, appears to be indicative of the on-going skills shortages facing the healthcare arena and perhaps depicts a more realistic insight into the current situation within the NHS.
Matthew Brown, Managing Director of giant group, commented, “The healthcare arena has long faced a shortage of talent, and with growing pressure on the NHS this gap between supply and demand will only widen. It’s for this very reason that specialist contract staff remain positive despite some on-going negative media reports of the state of the healthcare arena. While the results of the general election could impact this demand, for now at least contractors can expect to remain highly sought after.”