Hays Warns Of A Nursing Shortfall In The UK
on: June 5, 2009, 8:27 am
Author: Hays Plc.
to Hays, specialist recruitment, the acute shortage of qualified
workers, which continues to plague the nursing sector, is particularly
apparent for A&E, critical care (ITU), theatre, intensive
care (ICU) and emergency medicine nurses.
magnitude of the shortage has however now also spilt over into
other areas of nursing
jobs such as obstetrician, orthopaedic, anaesthetic and gynaecologist
nurses are also highly sought after by the health service. Additionally
there is currently a shortage of accident and emergency expertise
and a growing requirement for nurses from an emergency medicine
a doubt, there is a shortage of nurses in the UK. The available
talent from abroad throws an important lifeline given the pressing
need for skilled nurses. Around 10% of nurses working in the UK
have trained abroad and it is important that skills shortages
in the healthcare sector continue to be addressed where possible,
using labour from overseas where necessary," added Simon
Hudson, the new Director of Hays Global Resourcing.
UK has been able to benefit from the global mobility of the nursing
sector and tap into the worldwide nursing talent pool to fill
its vacancies, however, "The shortage of nurses is not just
limited to the UK. Demand exceeds supply across the world, which
in turn fuels this cyclical international movement of labour in
the nursing profession," continued Simon.
UK nurses are leaving to go and work abroad to destinations such
as Canada, Australia, the Middle East and the United States. There
are several reasons why nurses from the UK are attracted to overseas
destinations, but clearly it is more a case of lifestyle and financial
reasons rather than an inability to find a job in the UK.
in the UK not only offers excellent and varied opportunities to
learn valuable skills but also enables individuals to make a positive
difference to the lives of others. The NHS encourages applications
from people with a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications.
on a work placement or volunteering are excellent routes into
the nursing sector and a great way to get a feel for the industry,"
said John Faraguna, the newly appointed Managing Director of Hays
Health and Social Care. Other ways of entering the industry include
cadet schemes and apprenticeships, especially for those with previous
NHS experience, for example, clinical support workers and healthcare
to recent statistics from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN),
one in three community nurses are over 50 and over a fifth of
practice nurses are over 55, which adds up to around 200,000 nurses
who are due to retire over the next decade.
represents almost 50% of the worker population and this will leave
a massive skills shortfall if these problems are not addressed.
This is a worrying prospect at a time when the size of the UK's
elderly population looks set to continue to increase over the
coming years, meaning the demand for specialist nurses will continue
to grow with it.
best solution to this issue is a combination of more effective
utilisation and retention of skilled nurses, increased emphasis
on training new nurses and, in the short term, increased international
recruitment" concluded John,
is part of Hays plc, the leading global specialist
recruitment group. It is market leader in the UK and Australia,
and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. As at 30
June 2008, the Group employed 8,294 staff operating from 380 offices
in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.
the year ended 30 June 2008:
- the Group had revenues of £2.5 billion, net fees of £786.8
million and operating profit before exceptional items of £253.8
- the Group placed around 80,000 candidates into permanent jobs
and around 300,000 people into temporary assignments;
- the temporary placement business represented 49% of net fees
and the permanent placement business represented 51% of net fees.
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