With people generally living longer, the demands made of the healthcare industry are greater than ever. The industry currently employs around 4 million people across the UK with the NHS being responsible for nearly half of these. The sector is supported by a number of recruitment agencies who look to match the best healthcare professionals with the right clients in roles ranging from nurse to cardiologist.
Finding work in the industry is becoming increasingly difficult with government cuts meaning a reduction in opportunities. Those who do break through into the field though can face a range of salaries depending on job title and experience with it common to find a £50K gap between anything from a dental nurse to a senior medical practitioner. In Cheshire, the average salary overall for the health industry is in excess of £35K, but this figure is distorted due to the diversity of the sector. Roles within health can include A&E physician, midwife, dermatologist, physiciatrist and GP.
Due to the expertise and responsibility demanded of most healthcare professionals the need for graduates is high. Those looking to become doctors or psychologists will need relevant degrees while less specialised roles may require work experience or a diploma. Candidates are also expected to have a caring and empathetic nature and be able to adjust to the long and unsociable hours which many positions entail.