Comments are closed. NHS salaries too low to make graduate staff stayOn 18 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Graduates with health-related degrees need better starting salaries to stopthem deserting the NHS, according to their representative body. Professions Allied to Medicines claims that more than a third of itsgraduates are quitting their NHS jobs within the first 12 months, largelybecause salaries are far below the national average. Gary Newman, a spokesman for the PAM unions, said, “We have warned fora number of years that it is no longer safe to assume that students graduatingwith a relevant PAM degree will automatically move into the NHS. “It is clear from our survey results in this and previous years thatthe PAM starting salary is not sufficient to attract and retain adequatenumbers of graduates.” Newman said a survey last year revealed that 74 per cent of trusts havedifficulties recruiting physiotherapists, 70 per cent struggle to recruitoccupational therapists and 44 per cent have the same problem withradiographers. Tracy Myhill, vice-president of the Association of Healthcare Human ResourceManagement, believes flexible working practices and improved career developmentopportunities are as important as salary. “Earning more money as a locum will not provide them with the necessarycontinuous professional development essential to the development of theirlong-term careers. “Flexibility in employment arrangements and a real commitment todevelopment are much more likely to attract and retain such skills andexpertise within the NHS,” she said. By Ben Willmott Related posts:No related photos.