Strength in numbers

Published 27 January 2012 16:43, Updated 02 February 2012 05:02

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Professional services outfit KPMG is planning to boost the numbers in its Australian health practice. “It’s a competitive market for staff,” says the global head of KPMG’s health practice, Mark Britnell.

There is a particular need for certain roles, Britnell says. Clinical redesign specialists, who look at processes in health care, making them more efficient, are in demand.

KPMG also needs people with expenditure control and financial management skills, who might be accountants or strong operational managers of hospitals or health systems.

The business is also looking for health software specialists. “Globally there is a shortage of people who are specialised in this area,” Britnell says.

The new staffers will be a combination of Australian hires and relocations. “We have staff moving from Singapore, from London, from Toronto . . . they are all coming to Australia,” he says. “It’s seen as a great opportunity. In the list of countries where people want to go to, it’s right up there.”

Britnell didn’t reveal how many new positions will be created, saying KPMG is still working out how many staff to add. There are more than 70 specialists now in KPMG’s health group.

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