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Recruitment agencies provide invaluable service to doctors, Wavelength survey shows

Australia’s doctors are committed to partnering with recruitment agencies to secure the very best job opportunities, the first Wavelength Medical Recruitment and Locum Attitudes Survey 2018 has revealed.

According to the extensive survey of more than 500 doctors nationwide, almost nine out of ten have a very positive or positive impression of working with agencies.

Chris Riley, CEO of Wavelength, commented, “Our research highlights the important role agencies have within the medical community, especially with the current medical workforce shortages and maldistribution. We also found doctors have high levels of trust in the services we offer.”

According to the findings, 84% of doctors surveyed believe agencies provide an invaluable service and 83% believe having a good agency is critical, especially as competition for locums increases in the current market. 82% also stated that recruitment agencies make their lives easier.

Riley said, “We also conducted extensive phone interviews as part of this research. Some of the highlights regarding Wavelength’s level of service included our commitment to go out of our way to be as helpful and proactive as possible, take care of all the details and make our doctors feel valued.”

The research revealed sourcing roles tailored to their needs is the top reason why doctors prefer partnering with recruitment agencies, followed by being able to handle the paperwork and negotiate effectively on their behalf. Good communication, responding quickly to queries and being able to organise all travel and accommodation are also key drivers.

Other general feedback on the benefit of recruitment agencies for doctors included agencies’ ability to take care of registration requirements and source exclusive roles or roles not yet advertised.

Riley added, “Our research confirms recruitment agencies are here to reduce recruitment red‐tape and the administrative burden often experienced by doctors. In fact, the research also suggests that the increasing amount of paperwork requested by healthcare employers can often deter good doctors from applying.”

Wavelength’s survey found that recruitment agency websites are the stand‐out number one source of new job opportunities for doctors. 73% of doctors surveyed regularly check agency websites and only 29% rely on employer websites to secure new roles. Agency websites are followed by word of mouth referrals and specialty college websites. Social media is the least preferred source of new roles, with only 8% citing LinkedIn and 3% citing Facebook in their top sources.

Riley stated, “Recruitment agencies are relied upon by doctors to offer the greatest choice of roles, backed up with tailored advice to ensure the right cultural fit. At Wavelength, our industry‐leading consultants offer a consultative service to make sure we find our doctors the right job, not just any job. And in turn, we collaborate with our healthcare employers to source the very best doctors for each and every role.

“Ultimately an effective recruitment agency needs to meet the workforce requirements of its clients for the long term, collaboratively and consultatively. At Wavelength, our 20‐year history and unrivalled networks mean we’re the specialists in our niche market. Our award‐winning workplace culture and investment in attraction and retention strategies also enable us to provide an invaluable continuity and quality of service.”

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