Nursing jobs are the most in-demand medical role in the UK, a recruitment survey shows.
An online medical recruitment service have revealed that nursing positions are in such high demand - three nurses are often in competition for one post.
Since January this year, over 3,200 nursing jobs were posted on the website Jobs4Medical.co.uk and almost 9,000 potential candidates have applied.
Only recently, the Royal College of Nursing claimed that in the last 18 months, 22,000 NHS staff have lost their jobs, and "specialist nurses" are the worst hit.
"The state of the NHS is a highly visible issue in the UK at the moment, and although the end of tenure in specific positions goes some way to explain why there are increasing numbers of positions opening up, the numbers of nurses unfortunately losing their jobs has risen significantly," says Vicky Scott, the recruitment site's operations manager.
"There are large numbers of nurses out there who have been given a very high level of training, but who now find themselves without a full-time position."
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