Candidate Work Preference Survey

We recently carried out a survey of the work preferences of professionals within Occupational Health. There were 94 respondents who took part in our on-line survey and these included OH Nurses/Advisors/Physicians and here are the results.

Of all 94 respondents:

34% said they would only work for end user companies or organisations
5% said they would prefer to work only for a Healthcare Provider
61% said they had no preferences over working for either a direct end user company or organisation or a Healthcare Provider

We asked respondents to comment on working directly in house for a company or for a Healthcare Provider and here are some of the comments:
"For in house jobs - you have more control over your workload and the opportunity to influence decisions/changes in the workplace. You don't act as the middle person between the client and the provider who often have different agendas. You also are supported better with training that you feel you require not just training that the provider offers."

"There are benefits to both. I have chosen to remain with a provider as this gives variety and avoids being drawn into politics and team rivalries. The disadvantage is terms and conditions, and the lack of team work across management and health and safety."

"A healthcare provider has line management and clinical support and access to an O.H physician."

"Usually a company employing their own OH team invest and respect in the value of what is delivered better..."

Of those respondents who were currently in work:
70% of them were working in a permanent job
20% of them were working in a temporary or contract role
10% of them were working in both part time permanent and temporary roles simultaneously

Of those in permanent jobs:
63% were in a full time role
29% were in a part time role
8% were in a permanent, flexible hour’s role

Of those in temporary jobs:
7% were in a full time temporary role
30% were in part time temporary roles
63% were working on an ad-hoc basis
56% were happy to remain in Temporary work
16% would consider a permanent role
33% would consider a fixed term contract directly with an employer

Of those who were not currently working:
82% would consider taking temporary or ad-hoc work
36% would also consider taking a fixed term contract directly with an employer
27% would consider taking a permanent job

NOTE: No part of this survey may be reproduced without written permission from Safety First Aid Group Ltd

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