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Growing job opportunities in the European healthcare sector

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The healthcare sector in the European Unio is among the rare ones where demand for labour is increasing, according to the European Vacancy Monitor (EVM) by the European Commission's employment directorate.

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Employment in the EU healthcare sector has grown almost 2% annually between 2008 and 2012, according to the EVM.

The positive result is explained by the combined effects of an ageing population, advances in technology, treatments and people expecting higher quality service and greater emphasis on preventative care, the European Commission said.

In 2012 almost one million people were hired to work in healthcare across the European Union. The overall job market in Europe is still depressed however, with 6% fewer vacancies in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the last quarter of 2011.

The professions with the highest growth in employees after personal care workers in health services were software applications developers and analysts, administrative and specialised secretaries, mining, manufacturing and construction supervisors and primary school and early childhood teachers.

Personal care in health services ranked first among the fastest growing occupations between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the fourth quarter of 2012.

The report adds that a number of member states soon will have to deal with an ageing workforce in the health sector. For example, in Bulgaria and the Baltic states, more than 40% of the healthcare workforce is aged between 50 and 64, which is significantly higher than the EU average.

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