Healthcare is highly labour intensive and one of the largest economic sectors in the EU – accounting for around 17 million jobs (8% of all jobs). Ageing populations and rising demand will ensure the healthcare sector remains a key driver for jobs in the future.
Despite this, the sector faces major challenges:
- an aging workforce and too few new recruits to replace retirees
- significant employee turnover in some fields due to demanding working conditions and relatively low pay
- the need for new skills to deal with innovative technologies and with the rise in chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease among the elderly.