Huge rush for NHS jobs
February 03, 2009
Hundreds of people bombarded a recruitment fair run by Royal Berkshire Hospital on Friday – proving how hard the recession has hit employment in the town.
A queue stretching around the block had formed by 9am, an hour before the doors opened and within 20 minutes staff at the trust had to print out more application forms.
The trust is recruiting for up to 100 jobs in the first instalment and plans to recruit up to 60 people a month to fill all kinds of positions from porters to surgeons.
As the biggest employer in the town with 4,500 members of staff, the trust is bucking the trend of the current economic climate and recruiting in a wide variety of skills rather than making redundancies and was welcoming potential employees.
Colin Maclean, chairman of the trust, said: “We were totally overwhelmed with the number of people who came to the recruitment fair but we are glad to offer the opportunity of employment to many people who may recently have lost their jobs.
“They were queuing up before the doors opened and there were hordes of people. I think it just shows how hard the recession has hit the town.
“You hear about the big companies who have made redundancies but not so much about the smaller ones like the post offices but those people are suffering too so we hope we can help.”
So far, more than 1,000 applications have been received by the trust.
Departments taking part in the fair included elderly care, portering and housekeeping, intensive care and cardiology.