Make full-time jobs for health care professionals

Photo: Heiko Junge / SCANPIX

Of the 3,200 advertised permanent job positions as health care workers, only 500 were full-time positions. Two out of ten had part time hours below 20 percent.

This is reflected in a survey Retriever has undertaken on behalf of the Trade Union, writes Dagbladet. Only 15 percent of the advertised permanent positions in the survey were full-time, while four out of ten had offered less hours than 50 percent of the vacancies. A little over two out of ten offered hours of between 51 and 80 percent.

The survey is based on vacancies advertised on during the period March to June throughout Norway.

“This study confirms that it is a part-time crisis. It’s especially bad because the community, the municipalities, the employees and the users will benefit from hiring more people full time,” says Metter Nord of the Trade Union.

She says that in Norway there will be 40,000 health workers in the next few years, and she says much of the reason is precisely that people are only employed in part-time positions.

“It’s not good for the patients, who are constantly meeting new faces, and it’s not good for the health care professionals working in this sector. We cannot continue this way,” says Nord. She adds that people will not seek an education in the health care sector if they are not given the security to get a full time job.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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