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Austria – Nursing shortage raises pay prospects for temporary workers

20 December 2012

The shortage of nurses with technical specialization means rising pay for temporary workers with these skills according to the Austrian Staffing Association (VZa).

The Association highlights research by the German Hospital Association (DKI) conducted in late 2011 which show that the number of hospitals have trouble filling open positions in nursing service has more than doubled since 2009 to 37%. The hospitals employ an estimated 1.1 million workers.

Hendrik Laxa, business manager at ManpowerGroup confirms "the more specialized the work, the harder it is for the employer to fill a position." Particular skills gaps were identified by the DKI in a number of key nursing discimplines; operating room, anaesthesia, critical care, gerontology and “Laxa Frühchenstationen” (no translation available). There is also a basic care skills shortage throughout Europe according to Mr Laxa.

Although full time employees of German clinics are unhappy with their pay, for temporary nurses with intensive care training, the situation is just the reverse.  There is plenty of overtime and “almost 100% roster security," according to Johanna Knüppel, spokesperson for the German Professional Association for Nursing (DBfK). A situation which most nurses who are directly employed by hospitals could only dream of according to the VZa.

According to a recent study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers Germany in cooperation with the WifOR Research Institute in Darmstad, the health system in Germany at its current state will not be sustainable in the future. This is less a result of rising costs caused by demographic change and medical progress but rather a consequence of the lack of specifically trained staff. The results show that there will be a dramatic gap of trained staff between 2020 and 2030 that could not only lead to a dramatic deterioration of the existing health care system but also to significant economic losses.

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