Brighter picture on graduate jobs

The outlook for graduate physiotherapy employment continues to improve - latest figures show 60 per cent of 2008 graduates have found jobs.

However, the CSP says it is still concerned about the shortage of permanent junior posts and indications from a recent managers’ survey are that many are struggling to fill band 6 and band 7 posts. Around 1,900 newly qualified physios responded to the latest CSP survey in November 2008. The 60 per cent of graduates to have found employment compares with 53 per cent in November 2007 and 23 per cent in October 2006. Around one third – 32 per cent – of 2008 graduates have obtained a permanent job. At the end of 2006 just 13 per cent of 2006 graduates had a permanent post and 18 per cent had short-term posts. The Society says although the situation has improved slightly since the same time last year there are still 35.5 per cent of 2008 graduates without any job. The last survey of 2007 graduates completed in April this year found 22 per cent did not have any job, while 42 per cent had a permanent job. Kate Moran, CSP head of employment research, said: ‘The results show that partnership working at local and national level to address this problem is starting to have an impact. There is now a positive trend. ‘However, there are still unacceptably high levels of newly qualified physiotherapists without work, when patients are still waiting for significant lengths of time for much-needed physio expertise. A sustained effort is needed.’ Ms Moran said it was concerning that one of the findings of the physiotherapy workforce survey of physiotherapy service managers, carried out in November 2008, was that over a quarter of managers reported facing increased difficulties recruiting to band 6 and 7 posts in the last 12 months. She told Frontline: ‘Numbers of training places for physiotherapists have been reduced from 2006 onwards, yet patient need/demand for physiotherapy is likely to increase, with a rapidly ageing population and a rise in the number of people with long-term conditions.’  
Matthew Limb

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