Report: 22% of healthcare employers plan to hire in 2010

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Twenty-two percent of healthcare employers said they plan to increase the number of full-time, permanent employees in 2010, up from 17 percent who said the same last year, according to a survey from Chicago-based online recruitment Web site CareerBuilder.

The survey was conducted online by the New York-based Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBulder between Nov. 5 and Nov. 23, 2009, with more than 240 healthcare hiring manager and human resources professional respondents.

Additionally, 10 percent of respondents said they had plans to increase the number of part-time employees at their organizations in 2010, the report stated.

“Forty percent of healthcare employers, by far the highest among industries we surveyed, have open positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates,” said Jason Ferrara, vice president of corporate marketing for CareerBuilder. “This shows that there is high demand for qualified healthcare workers across a variety of areas; everything from medical assistants to records specialists to nurses.”

CareerBuilder concluded that healthcare will be a strong industry for hiring in 2010 and identified four trends for healthcare employers:

  • Replacing low-performing employees: Forty-three percent of healthcare employers said they plan to replace lower-performing employees with higher-performers in 2010.
  • More flexibility: Thirty-seven percent of healthcare employers said they will provide more flexible work arrangements for employees in 2010, including alternative schedules (74 percent), compressed work weeks (53 percent), telecommuting (40 percent), job sharing (20 percent) and summer hours (12 percent).
  • Recruitment tools: Healthcare employers plan to spend more money on recruitment tools including online recruitment sites (25 percent), newspaper classified (20 percent), career fairs (18 percent), social and professional networking sites (13 percent) and staffing firms and recruiters (seven percent).
  • Freelance workers: Thirty-four percent of respondents plan to hire contract or freelance workers in 2010.
  • Green jobs: 10 percent of respondents plan to add “green” jobs, an increase compared to the eight percent added in 2009.