Intended for healthcare professionals

Career Focus


BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3a-7224
  • Falling unemployment gives workers of all kinds the confidence to leave one job in the hope of getting another which is better. According to a survey by the Institute of Personnel and Development ( labour is turning over faster than ever before, particularly among skilled workers and in the professions. 27%of lawyers, accountants, and engineers found new jobs in 1998, up 8%from the previous year. These rates are higher even than those for junior doctors, though “wastage” of senior hospital staff is much lower.

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