A new survey giant group, the umbrella employment provider, shows that 61 per cent healthcare contractors expect to see their incomes rise this year.
Matthew Brown, Managing Director of giant said: “Contract healthcare professionals remain optimistic about their job prospects in the healthcare sector, believing there will be more opportunities for them as employers seek to keep permanent head count down.
“NHS budgets may be ring fenced, but with healthcare costs escalating, NHS managers are under a lot of pressure to minimise expenditure on staff. This has led to greater use of contractors, who can help NHS trusts handle sudden spikes in demand for particular services without having to take on the long-term costs of permanent staff.”
According to the survey, 21 percent expect more job opportunities in NHS hospitals in the coming year, compared to just nine per cent of those surveyed last year.
The research also reveals that 52 per cent of healthcare contractors would now prefer a longer term contract over a higher hourly rate, compared to 47 per cent last year.
Matthew Brown said: “As spending on pay in the healthcare sector remains under the microscope, the focus for contractors is now firmly on the security of longer placements. Contractors are now willing to be more flexible in their remuneration in order to secure reliable employment.”
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