U.N. experts are reporting that the U.K. health sector is hiring record numbers of healthcare workers in the first six months of this year, with employers seeking to fill vacancies to fill a glut of medical vacancies in the country’s rapidly aging population.
Healthcare employment increased by nearly 6.4% in the month of April, the International Federation of Healthcare Workers (IFHW) said in a statement.
That’s an increase of about 3.5% over the same period last year.
The IHFW expects to see more hiring in May and June.
The U.k. has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the world.
The country has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, which killed nearly half of the population.
The rate is 4.4%.
The hiring boom in the U, however, is not just a matter of recruiting doctors and nurses, said IHFWA national president Michael Taylor.
Health care workers are often more likely to have jobs in the private sector, which is less likely to be subject to government scrutiny and regulations.
While hiring in the health sector remains robust, Taylor said it is not enough.
He said it will be important to see if there are enough qualified and willing doctors and nursing staff to fill all of the new positions.
If employers do not have enough qualified healthcare workers to fill the vacancies, then a number of issues could arise, such as a shortage of nurses, Taylor told Reuters Health.
“This is a huge challenge for a health care system,” he said.
A large share of the overall increase in the sector’s workforce comes from IT, IT support and maintenance, and sales, according to the IHFWW.
The sector has also seen a surge in sales and marketing positions, according the IHRW.
The IHRHW also reported that the number of IT jobs has risen by 5.3% since April, a sign of the health industry’s continued growth.
IT jobs in April had increased by just 0.6% over a year ago.
The jobs figures come a day after the U