(December 2016) A report published by the CCOO confederation details the extent to which the use of temporary contracts has increased in the public health service. With temporary jobs making up 31.6% of all jobs in the sector, this is higher than the national average and higher then the private health sector or other parts of the public sector. The report also highlights two further problems. Many temporary workers are on repeat contracts, with some 12000 on 12 contracts a year. The other problem is the length of time on temporary contracts with some workers having spent 10 years on fixed-term contracts.
Report exposes scale of temporary work in public health
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