How Working in Digital Health Has Changed - Remote Working

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Market Change
As we begin the week where it’s expected for all Covid restrictions to be lifted in England, I thought it would be an apt time for reflection. As a recruiter, I have noticed the landscape of the Digital Healthcare market has changed remarkably over the past two years. However, there have been some positive changes born out of the circumstances the market has faced.

Over a series of articles, I’ll focus in a bit more detail on some of the key areas where I have seen changes happen.

Remote working
It’s obvious to state how the world had to embrace working remotely. Moving forward however, it has become apparent to me (from daily conversations I have with contractors) that the employers who are continuing to offer a flexible approach to how their teams deliver their duties, are ultimately the ones who will attract the lion’s share of job seekers.

Interested in understanding the wider view from my network, I recently posted a poll on LinkedIn about what sort of contracts people are prioritising when searching for a new role (see below)…

It’s worth noting that people are willing to sacrifice earning more, and working from home 100% of the time, to find a role that offers them the hybrid of earning well and having the flexibility to work remotely.

The Vision
Starting out in recruitment in 2013, I spent a lot of time talking to NHS organisations around Digital roadmaps and the “2020 vision” without seeing huge amounts of progress being made. I would argue that the pandemic helped IT/Digital teams to accelerate the NHS and other organisations into embracing a Digital way of working, that they were initially cautious about. There isn’t anywhere that this is evidenced more than in the NHS Trust and other Healthcare organisations. Ultimately, they are the ones who have been most successful in setting their teams up to work effectively, both onsite and remotely.

Now that the blueprints are in place for a hybrid way of working, why wouldn’t an employer continue to reap the benefits from offering the best of both worlds?