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Less than half of nurses happy with career progression


Less than half of nurses are happy with how their career is progressing, according to a survey.

In the survey by recruitment firm Randstad Care 40% of nurses said they were happy with their career prospects.

However, this was just above the average in the survey of over 2,000 UK workers, which was 38%.

Those working in insurance, property, financial services, IT and telecoms, and education were also above average.

At the other end of the spectrum, those working in media and wholesale were the least happy with their career progression – 12% and 13% respectively.

Clearly signposted career progression and opportunities to specialise were cited as key reasons for happiness among nurses, according to Randstad.

In addition, when asked to think back 12 years and remember what they though the most important elements of career progression were, 62% of respondents said better pay, making it the most important factor. 

However, when asked what they thought the most important elements of career progression were today, the most popular factor was “Doing work that lets me learn new things, meet new people and participate in different projects” – an option chosen by 74% of respondents.

Randstad managing director Victoria Short said: “Unlike other public sector professions, nurses have so far been largely protected from the government spending cuts. And while it’s true many have seen their workloads increase, the majority are still able to progress fairly through a well-structured profession according to a clear grading system.

“This gives many nurses greater satisfaction than other professions when it comes to advancing up the career ladder,” she suggested.

Ms Short added: “We find that many nurses have more control over their career progression than some of those working in other sectors. Their movement through the career ladder is clearly signposted and enforced by clear grading systems.

“Many nurses are also given opportunities to specialise in areas that interest them, bringing high vocational rewards.”


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Readers' comments (7)

  • There is no real career progression. As a band 5 nurse all I can do is move sideways to a different band 5 nurse position or hope to find one of the increasingly rare band 6 positions.

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  • Re: above comment - Couldn't have put it better myself....

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  • "nurses have so far been largely protected from government spending cuts" -what planet is his person on?? I have colleagues with 20+ years experience who are about to be downbanded to band 5. Career progression is barmy as the insecure nursing hierarchy won't accept that older nurses are less likely to have MScs but are valuable nonetheless.

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  • I think the last four paragraphs are very out of date. the ladder beyond the bottom few rungs had all but collapsed by the time I got there and the scaffolding which had replaced it was far too shaky to allow much lateral movement! Towards the end of my career when I was trying to reach for the sky I became embedded in the still wet concrete at the bottom due to too many applicants for too few jobs!

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  • from Anonymous | 7-Jun-2013 2:51 pm

    furthermore, a long career path is not always linear. job opportunities come and go in waves and cycles depending on economic stability and market demand at any one point in time!

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  • Career progression? What the hell is that?

    The state nursing is in now it can barely even be considered a career!

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  • That has to be an absolute joke. Once the NHS start to employ managers that are in the job to support their staff adequately things will change until then career progression is left out in the haze with many other things.

    There may be a clear structure, however whether or not it is adhered to is an entirely different ball game!

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