Healthcare recruitment in NZ: 3 developments and trends you need to keep an eye on in 2023

The end of 2022 brought with it a major shift in healthcare talent recruitment market in New Zealand.

A much-awaited pay parity funding announcement, immediate residency for nurses, support for IQNs, changed the face of healthcare recruitment for 2023.

As a business executive or manager, it is necessary for you to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to hiring and recruitment for your facility.

DeoCare reviewed these developments from 2022, and identified three key trends that will impact recruitment for the aged-care sector in 2023.

Increased entry of nurses into New Zealand

Right from the onset of 2023, we should be able to see more nurses coming into New Zealand.

With government’s move to include nurses to the immigration green list, which meant immediate eligibility for residency, New Zealand has once again become an attractive destination for overseas nurses to settle.

DeoCare has continued to have a steady stream of interest from overseas nurses wanting to enter the country.

We estimate that from the second or third week of January 2023 more nurses should be available, to help ease the pressure on existing staff.

This will also enable facility managers and recruiters to focus on their recruitment strategies.

Sector will demand for details of the $200 million pay parity boost

Last year, NZ government agreed to boost aged-care nurses’ pay by $200 million a year in a bid to close the wage gap with hospital-employed nurses.

It is estimated that 20,000 community health and aged-care facility workers will be paid at rates comparable to nurses employed by Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand.

In 2023, all eyes will be on the details of this parity boost.

What does it look like, what are they talking about in the dollar sense, how is it going to work?

The boost provided a major win for the sector that has been plagued with high staff turnover since Covid.

The details in this announcement will impact many facilities’ hiring strategies.

Facilities will demand for an update of financial support provided to IQNs

In August last year, government worked towards easing the financial burden on international qualified nurses (IQNs) by announcing $10,000 in financial support.

This support was aimed at helping IQNs complete their training and registration assessments in New Zealand.

However, since after the announcement, things have been quiet on exactly what has happened with this financial support. There has been no news from the government or the Nursing Council on how many IQNs have been provided with financial support since August and where they are in the recruitment pipeline.

Neither have we heard from anyone within the government about next steps.

While the move was aimed at easing the pathway for facilities to recruit IQNs, the exact impact of the financial support is yet to be determined.

With more overseas nurses entering the country, this will be area that facilities and recruitment companies will be keeping an eye on in 2023.

At DeoCare, we place great value in providing a solutions-focused approach to recruitment.

Our experience makes us passionate about connecting caring employers to caring people which means we go the extra mile to find good quality, reliable staff. We are accredited as a High-Volume Triangular Employer and can help you recruit and attract staff to grow your organisation, from our pool of career-focused healthcare professionals.

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