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High demand for healthcare workers


Healthcare workers were the most sought after type of employee last month as recruitment agencies saw a rise in the placement of temporary workers - the first increase in nine months.

The rise is attributed to employers wanting to grow to meet increased demand and therefore seeking the flexibility offered by agency staff.

However, the number of people entering permanent posts continued to fall, according to research by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG.

The fall in full-time placements in August was labelled as “modest”, while demand for staff from private firms increased, especially for short-term contracts.

Despite a decrease in permanent placements, REC chief executive Kevin Green said that the data from August displayed the “resilience” of the labour market as it continues to outperform predictions.

He added: “It’s clear that being one of the most flexible labour markets in Europe has helped the UK avoid the high levels of unemployment experienced elsewhere on the continent.”




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  • Just remind me-do agencies charge more than a permanent worker would get? Does this flexilibity in the job market compromise the continuity of care and safety that patients need? Might it not be cheaper and better for patients to have permamant members of staff or would that be just plain SILLY?

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  • will this encourage another recruitment drive from abroad for cheaper and possibly more short term labour?

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