Data from SEEK NZ shows healthcare and medical professionals are in demand, with job ads on SEEK growing nine per cent from April to June when compared to the same period last year. Janet Faulding, general manager said the healthcare and medical industry is one of New Zealand's largest employing and fastest growing industries, underpinned by strong population growth and our ageing population.
“The national average advertised annual salary across the healthcare and medical industry on SEEK is $72,339,” she said. “The largest advertising healthcare and medical sub-sector on SEEK is nursing, with its many specialised areas, it comprises of around one-third of all jobs being nationally advertised across the industry.”
One nursing sub-sector showing consistent strength is aged care, with annual growth of eight per cent year on year [Apr-June 17 v Apr-June 17]. Healthcare and medical recruitment specialist, Debbie Glen of Frontline Health NZ, said seeking talent for the aged care sector comprises a large proportion of their business.
“Across the aged care sector, the demand for skilled and experienced healthcare and medical talent remains high. There is also an increasing trend, that is seeing many senior professionals keen to move into the sector due to identifying its growth potential and employment opportunities,” said Glen. “However, when speaking with healthcare and medical candidates who are in mid-level roles or the infancy of their careers, working in aged care is not as appealing.”
Other healthcare and medical sub-sectors that had strong job opportunities on SEEK for professionals over the past three months [April to June 2017] were:
- Psychology, Counselling & Social Work, up 31 per cent year on year [y/y]
- Physiotherapy, OT & Rehabilitation, no growth y/y
- Management, up 14 per cent y/y
“The need for hospital staff as well as experienced specialised medical sales reps is ever increasing, with companies looking for staff who can hit the ground running,” said Glen. “The jobs in the industry that we find hardest to fill are Anaesthetic Technicians, as well as Physiotherapists, Operating Theatre Nurses and those experienced in working with traumatic brain injuries.
“Currently we're seeing a small increase of candidates from overseas, Australia and further afield, who can easily gain registration with their industry governing body,” Glen added.