Only 14 per cent of this years 2,500 physiotherapy graduates have found permanent jobs so far, according to the CSPs latest survey.
The shocking figure comes as the Society continues to highlight the plight of unemployed graduates and the waste of tens of millions of pounds spent on their training. The survey of graduate unemployment shows that 86 per cent of this year’s nearly 2,500 graduates in England have failed to find permanent positions. In Scotland, where the CSP is to lobby the parliament next week, the figure is 91per cent and in Northern Ireland, 85 per cent. In Wales, the figure is better, with 68 per cent having failed to find permanent employment. This is attributed by the CSP to work done with the Welsh Assembly, and its positive response. As part of ongoing campaigning, all CSP members are being urged to contact their elected representatives to press home the problems of graduate unemployment and cuts to physiotherapy services (see page 19). The figures also come against the background of the latest data on admissions to hospital requiring physiotherapy treatment, compiled by the CSP, which show the important contribution physiotherapy makes to the UK’s health. When the CSP surveyed graduates across the UK in July, 93 per cent had not found permanent jobs, so the figures represent a marginal improvement. However, although the number obtaining permanent work has risen, the figures for those on short-term contracts have also gone up significantly. Of those who have managed to get jobs, nine per cent now have short-term contracts. This compares with only 1.2 per cent of such contracts in July. Commenting on the latest figures, CSP chief executive Phil Gray said: ‘Throughout the UK, physiotherapy managers, the CSP and various government agencies have put much time and effort into trying to address graduate unemployment. ‘Whilst in some parts of the UK, notably Wales, there has been some tangible improvement, the fact that across the UK 75 per cent of physiotherapy graduates are without junior posts makes a mockery of workforce planning and investment in the health service’s future workforce. ‘Healthcare is dependent on its workforce and no matter what structural reforms are introduced, if we lose our healthcare professionals, we lose our health service,’ he added.
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