Healthcare hiring, salaries increasing

In an effort to retain and attract top talent for skilled positions, healthcare employers expect to provide higher compensation, according to a new survey.

New survey shows healthcare weathered recession well

Healthcare continues to be one of the hottest areas for hiring across the country  -  and an area where it's crucial to recruit the right talent  -  according to a survey by recruiting firm CareerBuilder.

CareerBuilder's annual survey finds 22 percent of healthcare hiring managers plan to add full-time, permanent healthcare employees in this year, up three percentage points over 2012. At the same time, 23 percent of healthcare employers reported they have open positions for which they can't find qualified talent.

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

CareerBuilder announced recently a new division specifically for healthcare with stronger market intelligence, more customized recruitment and information on healthcare trends and workforce issues.

"The recession had very little impact on the hiring momentum of the healthcare industry and, to meet further demand, CareerBuilder has pooled a group of proficient experts into a new division that will focus solely on assisting healthcare client's hiring needs efficiently and effectively," said Jason Lovelace, president of the Health Care Group at CareerBuilder, in a news release. "Our research suggests that healthcare hiring will accelerate in 2013 with heightened competition for high-skill labor and improved compensation trends."

Temporary and contract hiring

More healthcare organizations are turning to staffing and recruiting companies and temporary workers to help meet increased market demands, according to Lovelace. Thirty-six percent of healthcare employers plan to hire temporary and contract workers in 2013, up from 34 percent last year, the CareerBuilder survey shows. 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  -  information technology is one  -  where demand for skilled positions  -  is growing much faster than the supply.

Harris Interactive conducted the online survey on behalf of CareerBuilder, among 274 healthcare hiring managers and human resource professionals and 576 healthcare workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30, 2012. n

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