The healthcare industry continues to make strides toward a more stable and secure industry for employees and patients. The Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index showed that out of the healthcare workers surveyed, the majority of them are more secure than ever before.
Randstad Healthcare has worked for over 25 years helping unemployed healthcare professionals find the proper line of work. The staffing agency works with clients of all sizes to deliver “optimal” patient care.
The organization has worked on compiling research on the healthcare industry to improve overall performance for its clients. Just this past week, Randstad released a report detailing its latest findings on employee confidence.
The report showed that healthcare workers believe more jobs have become available within the industry, the economy is slowing and showing signs of improvement, and the company they currently work for is stable.
Randstad analysts said this stays in line with the quarterly trends.
“Given the latest findings of our Healthcare Employee Confidence Index, it appears much of the anxiety around the fiscal cliff concerns have all but dissipated as we enter 2013,” said Steve McMahan, executive vice president of Randstad US, Professionals. “The healthcare employment market has exhibited strong growth in the past months, adding 23,000 jobs in January and rising 320,000 over the year. The long-term outlook for the industry is equally as promising.”
McMahan said one of the reasons for the increase in demand from patients is the high need for urgent care doctors and nurses. “Physicians in urgent care and those with specialization in anti-aging medicine are in high demand, as are registered nurses in both permanent and temporary positions,” said McMahan. “In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow faster that the average for all occupations, with 26 percent gains from 2010 to 2020.”
The report, which was the result of a survey of almost 300 employees, showed that healthcare professionals are more likely to look for a new job within the industry, adding that employee confidence rose by 4.1 points to a staggering 57.5 in the fourth quarter.
With the economy still being a little sluggish, healthcare employees can rest easy, as it looks like their industry is one of the most desirable ones for at least the next 10 years.
Edited by Braden Becker