The debate over full time and consulting Healthcare IT roles is never-ending. Consultants have been in control of the market over the last few years, raking in higher pay rates and billing enough hours to triple what they could make as a full-time employee. As the Healthcare I T market boom starts to taper off, we are going to see that full-time positions are more common than consulting engagements, especially with a now-saturated consultant market for Credentialed Trainers and Go-Live Specialists.
In fact, 74% of consultants indicated that they would consider a full time role, citing their top two motivators as salary and certification opportunities, to no surprise.
On the contrary, we saw a 69% increase in full-time employees who declared that they would not consider a consulting role, and if they did, 60% said that their preference would be as a full-time employee of a consulting firm. Only 28% said they would take the plunge as an hourly independent consultant.
So what does this mean for health systems? Well, if you want to convert consultants into full-time employees, you’re going to have to offer more than just a challenging job description. Now that the market has turned and full-time Health IT professionals are realizing their value-add, it’s time for employers to reciprocate.
If a candidate has a choice of several hospital systems, what is going to differentiate yours and help you attract the best talent? Pay is important, but you should also consider offering other benefits, such as:
- Sign-on bonuses
- Flexible work schedules
- Additional certifications
- Relocation bonus
See what other motivators Healthcare IT employees identified here