84 per cent of employees with a health care education are women
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Health care personnel2008, 4th quarter



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84 per cent of employees with a health care education are women

Female majority in most types of health care education, except among physicians and dentists

Among employed physicians, the share of women is just above 50 per cent, while among medical specialists the share of men is 70 per cent. Forty-three per cent of employed dentists are women.

Employee numbers increased by 12 000

From 2007 to 2008, the number of health care personnel between ages 16 and 66 increased by 3.9 per cent. The number of persons with a health care education increased by the same per cent, leaving the per cent of employees unchanged at 87.6. For persons with a health care education, the total average settled working hours a week increased from 30.9 hours in 2005 to 31.2 hours in 2008.

More than 242 500 persons with a health care education were employed within the health care industry. A total of 83 per cent were employed in health services in public administration while 17 per cent were employed in the private sector.

Increase in the number of foreign health workers

A total 13 500 persons with a health care education working within the health industry were foreign nationals in 2008; an increase of 7.3 per cent compared to 2007. More than one third of the foreign health workers are nurses; a total of almost 4 800.

Variations in settled working hours

The settled working hours vary between the different educational groups. While auxiliary nurses had an average of 28 settled working hours per week, the settled working hours for nurses and specialist physicians were 31 and 38.4 hours respectively. For physicians and dentists, the settled working hours show a slight decrease over the last three years.