Temporary staffing revenue in healthcare rose 6% in 2006, to an estimated $10.6 billion, according to Staffing Industry Analysts, Los Altos, Calif.
Growth is expected to increase steadily over the next two years with revenue projected to climb about 7% in 2007, to $11.4 billion, and another 8% in 2008, to total $12.3 billion. Staffing Industry Analysts is expected to report the figures at its annual Healthcare Staffing Summit in Chicago this week.
Locum tenens, the industrys smallest, but fastest-growing segment, saw revenue rise by 13.5% in 2006 to $1.4 billion. Revenue growth for temporary allied and other health professionals also hit double digits, rising 10% to $2.9 billion. Robyn Hessinger, a research analyst and managing editor for Staffing Industry Analysts, said demand for physical and occupational therapists contributed to the sectors high and accelerating growth.
Travel nursing revenue rose 8% to $2.3 billion in 2006. But revenue was flat last year in the industrys largest sector, the $4.1 billion per diem nursing segment.
Growth is projected across all four sectors in 2007. Locum tenens revenue is expected to rise 15.4%, Staffing Industry Analysts figures show. Revenue for allied and other health staffing is projected to climb 10.6%; per diem nurse revenue, 1%; and revenue for travel nurse staffing, 8%. -- by Melanie Evans
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