Healthcare salaries are on the rise, but providers are falling short in motivating employees to stay at their jobs; 29 percent of healthcare professionals expect to change employers in the next year. The Health eCareers’ annual Healthcare Salary Guide surveyed 19,754 healthcare professionals in January and February 2016.
The survey found that 87 percent of respondents are making a higher salary or the same salary as a year ago, but nearly 50 percent are actively looking for better opportunities. Of those surveyed, 29 percent expect to change employers in the next year, 30 percent have no plans to change and 41 percent are unsure.
Even with a competitive hiring market, healthcare providers could do more to retain employees, the survey found. The majority (61 percent) of employers are using motivators and incentives, such as increased compensation, time off, flexible work hours, and locations. However, this represents only a 1 percent increase from last year, and 39 percent offer no motivator.
17 percent of nurses are happy and plan to stay in their current jobs, but 13 percent are actively looking elsewhere. 44 percent of nurses are satisfied with their salaries.