An ageing UK population coupled with cuts in government funding means that there's more pressure on the Merseyside healthcare industry than ever to recruit staff who are able to adapt to this changing and challenging environment. Encompassing professionals such as GP's, assistant nurses and mental health counsellors, Merseyside candidates aiming to enter the healthcare industry are expected to be suitably qualified and compassionate if they are to succeed in what is a personally rewarding sector.
The work schedule for care professionals can be demanding with long and unsociable hours expected for many job roles such as a nurse or paramedic. The average salary for a Merseyside health professional is around £30K per annum but this is largely dependent on the specific job role and pay band. Clinical support staff for instance, will seldom earn more than £18K whereas senior NHS board members or executive / management professionals can comfortably earn £100K+. The city of Liverpool typically offers the best healthcare job opportunities in Merseyside, although a local recruitment agency will also facilitate employment in Birkenhead, Southport and St Helens.
Due to the skills and knowledge required for many jobs in the industry, the most common route into the sector is via university. The degree needed by a candidate will depend on the area of work they're looking to enter, but the University of Liverpool delivers a host of courses which are relevant to the industry. Less specialist positions such as administrative or support staff won't necessarily require a degree but undertaking work experience and / or a suitable diploma is recommended. Work experience will also be expected of recent graduates.
The NHS, private hospitals and not-for-profit organisations all face difficulties in sourcing capable professionals and may employ the staffing solutions of a Merseyside healthcare recruitment agency to fill their permanent, part time and contract vacancies. Merseyside recruitment agencies will have an expert local knowledge of the North West healthcare industry and be able to serve employers in the boroughs of Sefton, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley and Liverpool.