Survey: Health Care Hot on Hiring

Chicago — Jan. 29

Health care continues to be one of the hottest areas for hiring in the U.S. and one of the toughest to recruit in-demand talent, according to a new survey.

CareerBuilder’s annual survey found that 22 percent of health care hiring managers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in 2013, up three percentage points over 2012. Similarly, 23 percent of health care employers reported that they currently have open positions for which they can’t find qualified talent, the survey said.

Thirteen percent of all U.S. jobs are in health care, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. will add 5.6 million health care jobs from 2010 to 2020 — the largest projected increase of any industry.

CareerBuilder has made a strategic decision to realign resources that will better support customers in health care by providing:

More robust health care employment data — stronger market intelligence for workforce planning and modeling. More customized health care talent acquisition and next generation technology solutions, and enhanced service through education on health-care trends and workforce issues.

Moreover, more health care organizations are turning to staffing and recruiting companies and temporary workers to help meet increased market demands.

Thirty-six percent of health care employers plan to hire temporary and contract workers in 2013, according to the survey, up from 34 percent last year. Among these employers, 37 percent plan to transition some temporary workers into full-time, permanent employees over the next 12 months.

There are an increasing number of areas where demand for skilled positions is growing much faster than the supply. As hospitals and other health care organizations work to get qualified talent in the door, key trends to watch in the New Year include:

Employers Scouting Talent at Other Organizations
Employers may come knocking, solicited or not. One in five health care workers (20 percent) reported in the survey they have been approached to work for another employer in the last year when they didn’t apply for a position with that organization.

More Employers Willing to Increase Compensation
In an effort to retain and attract top talent for skilled positions, health care employers expect to provide higher compensation for both current staff and prospective employees. Seventy-six percent of health care employers plan to increase compensation for existing employees — up from 65 percent last year — while 53 percent will offer higher starting salaries for new health care employees. That is up significantly from 34 percent last year. Most increases will be 3 percent or less.

Employers Creating the Right Candidate Instead of Waiting for One
Employers are taking measures to “re-skill” workers themselves, the survey suggests. Two-thirds of health care employers plan to train people who don’t have experience in health care and hire them for positions within their organizations, up from 33 percent last year.

Employers Stepping Up Retention Efforts
Thirty-seven percent of health care employers reported in the survey that top performers left their organizations in 2012. While most health care workers reported they’re generally satisfied with their jobs, 39 percent said they feel underemployed and 20 percent said they plan on switching jobs in the coming year.

Source: CareerBuilder