Poor pay means few ITers consider the NHS

Only 35% of the IT managers questioned in this week's Computer Weekly/Harvey Nash Big Question poll believe that the NHS offers...

Only 35% of the IT managers questioned in this week's Computer Weekly/Harvey Nash Big Question poll believe that the NHS offers attractive career opportunities for IT professionals, despite the Government's pledge to pump massive additional funding into health service IT next year.

Poor pay in the health service was a key concern among the 50% of IT bosses who rejected the NHS as a potential career option.

One IT manager said, "Until they are prepared to pay competitively they will not attract the high calibre of IT professional they need to achieve a real step change in their service delivery."

Another said, "My perception is that some interesting IT jobs may be there but that salary levels always damp down interest. If there was more money available they could potentially attract some cream, and keep them."

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