Demand for Indian Healthcare Talent in International Markets, Health News, ET HealthWorld

by Alexander Coca

Healthcare workers, including doctors, lab technicians, nurses, pharmacists and support staff, are essential to ensure timely delivery and care to the population. In the face of a global pandemic, this vital workforce forms the backbone of our fight against the virus.

Indian medical personnel are among the most sought after medical professionals in the world. With urgent needs all over the world, Indian medical personnel can avail opportunities in countries with advanced healthcare facilities including UAE, UK, Ireland and Saudi Arabia. The demand for experienced and skilled healthcare professionals offers opportunities for Indian workers to pursue careers in some of the world’s leading healthcare organizations surrounded by a multicultural workforce.

Application for Indian Medical Professionals
The global shortage of healthcare workers has led to a surge in demand for Indian healthcare workers. Indian healthcare workers are highly valued in the international market where their skills are in demand. With the largest number of medical colleges in the world, India exports the largest number of healthcare workers internationally. The latest available data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 2017 reveals that there were 69,000 Indian doctors and 56,000 Indian nurses working in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Countries like the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates are heavily dependent on Indian workers, as has been evident during the pandemic. When the global lockdown came into effect, it also hampered the movement of healthcare workers to these regions. Under pressure from rising COVID cases and unable to access additional support, these countries have come under intense pressure to deal with the upsurge. As a result, healthcare workers were among the few professionals allowed to emigrate even during global lockdowns. Some countries now offer additional benefits with salary increases for professions such as nursing.

How to apply for international health markets?
Technology offers the easiest and most convenient way to search for eligible positions in international markets. Today, we have technology platforms that offer end-to-end services, ranging from job postings to document verification and licensing. Many websites also offer free resources, such as immigration tips. Applicants should ensure they use reputable vendors and should avoid fraudulent sites that make overstated claims or are not transparent in their dealings. It is important to research the overseas job application process to familiarize yourself with standard procedures, any company that deviates from these standards should be avoided.

What to keep in mind when applying for international healthcare jobs?
Applicants should start by deciding where they want to apply. Where they work will have long term implications on their career and personal life. It is important that they reflect on what is important to them in their new host country. Many Indians prefer to migrate to English speaking countries as they know the language. However, factors such as a multicultural society can also be important as these countries tend to have a more open outlook towards migrants.

The other critical factor is making sure all of your paperwork is in order. Each country may have different documentation requirements, including visa requirements. As mentioned above, knowing the process of applying for a healthcare job abroad will indicate what documents are required. Having them in the correct format will help speed up the hiring process and avoid any delays.

Future demand
The World Health Organization predicts that by 2030 there will be a shortage of more than 18 million healthcare workers. Identifying the healthcare sector as a major employer, the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship announced that it would provide 300,000 healthcare workers to countries including Germany, the United States, the UK Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Japan and Singapore by 2022.

These figures indicate that the need for health workers will continue to grow in the years to come as countries seek to strengthen their delivery of care. With attractive salaries and the opportunity to work with leading professionals and modern equipment, the talent gap offers Indian healthcare workers the opportunity to establish their careers in rapidly changing international markets.

Alejandro Coca, CEO,

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