The Recruitment Needs of Large Healthcare Companies Around the World

6th March 2018 By Tula Geliot

The healthcare industry is one of the biggest service industries in the world, and one which cannot be expected to falter in terms of demand any time soon. All of us need health care, and with an increasingly ageing population, the healthcare industry has never been under more pressure than now. For the past few years in the UK, political rhetoric has centred around the strain that is suffered by the National Health Services, and the difficulty posed by a demand to healthcare that far exceeds the resources that are currently made available.

It is no secret that, on a global front, we are in a situation where we need more workers in the healthcare industry. In fact, Forbes reported back in 2015 that the World Health Organisation had forecasted a shortage of 12.9 million healthcare workers worldwide by 2035.

When we talk about the need for more workers in the healthcare industry, we are not only referring to skilled doctors and nurses. The healthcare industry gives rise to a great expanse of roles, all of which need to be recruited for.

The healthcare industry will always be a lucrative area for recruiters to focus on due to its incessant growth and demand for employees, and it is vitally important that the service needs of the industry in their entirety are fully considered. You do not have to be trained in any medical sciences in order to work in the healthcare industry and not all jobs in the industry are full time ‘traditional’ roles. Many roles are contract roles, requiring candidates and employees to sign up with an umbrella company, remaining temporary or contract workers; the possibilities are flexible and endless. We are here to take you through the healthcare roles that are so frequently overlooked by job hunters and recruiters alike.

Clinical Manager

A clinical manager is usually the head of a department, and isl be responsible for coordinating and leading their team of varied experts. The specificity of a clinical manager’s role will depend on the type of department they manage. For instance, a clinical audit manager is in charge of the team in a hospital who seek to improve patient care by consistently reflecting on outcomes and implementing relevant changes.

Responsibilities may include:


  • Budget management
  • Patient feedback evaluation
  • Scheduling
  • Prioritising
  • Future planning
  • Liaising with patients


Medical Secretary

Medical secretaries are a specialised type of personal assistant and are responsible for supporting practitioners and other staff members in their work. The remits of their activities are largely administrative.


Responsibilities may include:


  • Processing reports
  • Managing travel arrangements
  • Scheduling meetings
  • Taking minutes
  • Processing orders
  • Creating data files and spreadsheets
  • General IT tasks


Communications Staff Member

As with any other organisation, healthcare companies still require employees to deal with communications or public relations matters.

Public relations roles may entail dealing with communications within the company between departments and staff members, or communicating with the public with regards to the activities of the company. A healthcare public relations manager or executive will often have to form relationships with press outlets and local councils or politicians.

Responsibilities may include:


  • Writing speeches
  • Writing press releases
  • Planning media campaigns
  • Forming relationships with influencers
  • Social media work
  • Reputation management


These are just three of the kinds of healthcare industry jobs that need filling which are not limited to strictly medical services. Each healthcare company will also need employees to carry out general servicing roles, such as manual labourer, cleaning, catering, decorating, bricklaying, and much more. Fundamentally, you do not have to have specific experience in a medical field or environment in order to have a career in the healthcare industry.

How do I know if healthcare is right for me?

As has been made clear, it is not the case that there is just one type of person who is suitable for healthcare roles. Due to the variety of careers involved in the healthcare industry, there really is something for everyone. That being said, many people decide to work in healthcare because they are passionate about helping people. Even a bricklayer or carpenter in a hospital or clinic, by making healthcare physically possible to administer, is part of the overall processes involved in saving lives.



Some roles in healthcare can be relatively high-pressure and stressful. This is often the case with doctors and nurses, who tend to work long hours and may deal with highly sensitive scenarios. Even those in administrative roles can bear the brunt of such stresses, but generally speaking, there is a certain positivity that comes with working in healthcare due to the extent to which it transforms lives. Every job comes with its pressure-points, but very few industries, other than education and charity work, involve bringing real change to the lives of people in the way that healthcare can.