Although Blue Sky People is based in the South and has built up a significant customer base throughout the South Coast in particular, we have always been proud of our ability to recruit from UK wide from Shetland to the depths of Cornwall.
Yorkshire and the North East has always been a good area for us with a large number of independently owned and managed practices among our client base as well as a few small multi-practice groups.
We constantly have a good cross section of jobs for Dentists from clients in the commuter belt from Leeds to Yorkshire, through to Sheffield, Barnsley and other smaller towns and villages in between.
Some offer a traditional family friendly setting through to others offering the very latest high tech equipment including scanning systems.
In a good number of cases, one thing of note about our customers in the Yorkshire catchment is they are very often happy to consider less experienced dentists – post VT Training – and are happy to invest the time and effort in to providing on-going support and development opportunities. Something which isn’t always the case.
For those looking to work within the NHS, UDA values within the Yorkshire area are typically some of the best in the country and are consistently offered at £11-£12/UDA or above with practices generally offering between 6000-8000 UDA contract sizes.
We have a number of live opportunities with clients at the moment including a lovely opportunity with an independent NHS/Mixed practice with terrific earnings potential as well as scope for specialist referral and mentoring within their sister practice, both of which are commutable from Leeds and York by train or car.
Vibrant and sociable cities combined with some of the most attractive countryside and scenery the UK has to offer for those outdoor types, are just some of the reasons to consider working as a dentist in the Yorkshire area.
Combined with fantastic postgraduate study opportunities easily accessible in the dental schools of Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle all within easy reach, why wouldn’t you consider dental jobs in Yorkshire and the North East?
Call us today on 01491-845511 for more information on jobs for Dentists in Yorkshire and the North East of England
Since 2007 Blue Sky People – along with our Australian based partners – have placed dozens of UK qualified dentists with a range of clients throughout Australia.
Over the years, the number of Australian healthcare graduates- including dentists – has not kept pace with demand and even with several new dental schools now producing new graduates, the demand for skilled dentists remains, despite dentistry being removed from the visa skills list.
Historically we have focused our efforts on placing dentists with practices throughout coastal Queensland and New South Wales with the regional population growth resulting in increasing demand for dentistry provision – and great lifestyle benefits.
Opportunities for UK qualified dentists to secure work and associated visa sponsorship in the Melbourne and Sydney have been minimal with dentists only really being able to compete for jobs in city locations once they have secured permanent residency status and gained further clinical experience in Australia.
This could be about to change though. Working closely with one of our existing clients, Blue Sky People can now offer a number of terrific opportunities in modern, high tech practices throughout the Sydney catchment.
We are looking to recruit experienced UK qualified dentists with excellent clinical and interpersonal skills for a number of new openings throughout the Sydney area.
Ideal candidates would be interested in re-locating in late 2017 or early 2018 with a view to a minimum 2 year commitment and ideally with the long term ambition to apply for permanent residency status.
Our client is looking for clinicians who are confident in their ability to deliver high quality general dentistry but who are keen to continue to improve their clinical skills.
In the 10 years that we have be working with UK qualified dentists relocating to Australia – we have rarely been able to offer 457 sponsorship opportunities in the Sydney area. This really is a unique opportunity for dentists who are keen to consider a professional career in one of the most sought after city locations in the world.
Come and see us to find out more about this great opportunity.
Having thought that we would ease our way back in to work in 2017, how wrong we were.
Substantial demand for locum dentists – particularly for maintaining UDA contract delivery or catch up – has meant the phone was already ringing from the first day back.
With the Bupa acquisition of Oasis, prospective sale of Southern Dental and ongoing growth and acquisition strategies for many of the smaller group businesses throughout the UK, 2017 appears to be heading for another busy year within the NHS dentistry jobs market in particular.
The skills shortage continues with an ageing professional population (not just in dentistry) growing population base and simply not enough professional healthcare graduates to fulfill demand in the medium term.
In other markets a lack of balance between supply and demand rapidly leads to increases in salaries and contract rates as businesses compete for skills. With fixed price NHS contracts under the current UDA system, there are affordability issues as personnel costs increase. That said, locum rates are rapidly on the increase and experienced NHS dentists happy to travel can secure some excellent day rates in some parts of the country.
Observing the increased demand for locum and short term cover, we’ve already invested heavily in the latest rapid communications technology and systems to meet that demand as traditional advertising mediums become less effective.
Outside of NHS dentistry we continue to see strong demand for experienced and competent clinicians from clients with a solid private business model – generally led by increased patient awareness.
With great finance available and an appetite from lenders keen to lend to dentists, we see ongoing demand from dentists keen to take a step in to practice ownership. Through our 4dentists group venture we’re uniquely placed to support entrepreneurial dentists keen to buy a practice with an exciting platform of support services pre and post purchase all launching in 2017. It’s going to be a busy and exiting year.
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As specialists in the dental recruitment market we’re always having conversations with clients here at Blue Sky People – keen to recruit talented, motivated dental nurses, support or practice management staff to their team.
It is fair to say that there is rarely a budget set aside for replacing a key member of staff in much the same way that there are rarely funds set aside for replacing high value capital dental surgery equipment when it fails.
If your sterilisation equipment for example needs replacing, it is unlikely that dental business owners search for hours for the lowest possible cost replacement on the internet, albeit they would clearly shop around the main agents. And yet, that is what so many will do when recruiting a key member of staff.
Most recently, one prospective client spent several weeks, looking through well over 150 CV’s they had confidently received through cheap online adverts, rejecting over 90% of them in the process. Of those that they did invite in for interview and by the time they had, three had already secured other jobs and two didn’t even bother to turn up for their interview.
This is not a unique situation, we frequently see advice being given to “advertise on generalist job boards as you’ll get dozens of applications” – but do you really want to spend hours looking at irrelevant CV’s or schedule time out of your day to interview people who don’t bother to turn up?
As a specialist dental recruitment agency, we work through hundreds of CV’s every week – but then that is our job. We’re here to identify the gaps in CV’s, talk to the candidates and find out why they are moving or are out of a job. In short, we’re paid to sort through the less likely candidates, so that our clients don’t have to.
By no means am I suggesting that every time you need to recruit, you pick up the phone to a specialist recruiter such as ourselves (although it would be nice if we did hear from you), but certainly give sites such as the British Association of Dental Nurses job board a try first http://badn.dentaljobsgroup.co.uk
At least that way you are targeting people who work in the dental market and are likely to be interested in the CV’s you receive.
Value your time and that of your practice management staff when recruiting. It is easy to think you’ve recruited a member of staff for £50, but if you actually consider the wasted man-hours, that is rarely the case. Even more costly is the decision to recruit the wrong person, but that’s a conversation for another time!
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We work with a very diverse range of dental clients across the UK, from single handed private practices in the wilds of Cornwall, to NHS community services in locations like the Shetland Islands.
We don’t currently recruit for any of the 5 largest corporates – most have talented in-house teams to manage their recruitment – preferring to work with independently owned and managed dental businesses the length and breadth of the UK.
Historically, associate opportunities with independent practices were highly sought after within the profession, particularly those in locations with great family benefits, such as schools and amenities. The interest in private practice remains for those who have invested in their clinical skills, but practices with a degree of NHS income and lots of opportunity for developing a private book – either fee per item, or through development of a membership plan – have generally recruited quite readily in the past.
We talk to literally hundreds of dental professionals over the course of a month and interestingly, we’re seeing different questions posed by associates who are active in the job market, mostly due to the effect of corporate dentistry on the market.
More often than not (once the financials are out of the way) we’re now being asked whether the practices we’re recruiting for have things like air conditioning, rotary endo, intra-oral cameras, digital X-Ray, natural light in the surgeries and so on. What opportunities there are for mentoring and support for less experienced dentists are also a consideration.
Whatever your opinion of corporate dentistry, the modern surroundings, well trained staff and investment in high tech capital equipment for their surgeries is helping them attract and retain talented clinicians in a way that the market hasn’t properly acknowledged.
The dental industry is going through a significant modernisation in more ways than one. If your practice isn’t keeping up to speed with technological advancement and investment in staff training and development, you could find yourself struggling to recruit at all in the future.
If you need some advice and support in recruiting and retaining talent for your dental practice, contact us now for a confidential conversation on how we can help.
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Business as usual post Brexit, not quite. It’s busier than that!
Today saw a very significant business acquisition in the IT sector. One of the worlds biggest companies Hewlett Packard, has just sold off a huge chunk of their profitable software business to dynamic British business based in Berkshire – Micro Focus.
Interestingly, while this IT sector deal has little to do with the dental market in some respects, it has quite a bit to do with us in other ways.
The CEO of Micro Focus started looking at the prospect of a deal with Hewlett Packard in February 2016 and has explained their appetite to acquire an established, well respected business didn’t weaken at all –despite uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
What Micro Focus does, they do extremely well. They take established but generally lazy, minimal growth businesses with a very loyal existing customer base. Then they offer those customers, innovative and modern solutions through their already strong relationships. Offering them better solutions.
And it is here where there are some similarities with Dentistry. Well run, well managed dental businesses attract a loyal customer following. Treat your customers well, deliver beyond their expectations and you can benefit from a lifelong business relationship.
We’re already seeing our dental clients looking to expand their clinical offering, invest in up to date technology and infrastructure and grow their staff, either in numbers or simply investing in improving their skill set.
Clearly we all lost a little bit of confidence following the Brexit vote as we saw investments contract, the housing market slow and our summer holidays perhaps get a little more expensive with the drop in value of the pound. But confidence is already rebounding rapidly and that feeds right through the dental market.
As a result, we’re busier than ever. Our dental practice clients are recruiting and in doing so are looking for the very best people out there.
Similarly our clients in the dental supply chain are looking to attract key talent and strengthen their sales and development teams.
Whether you’re looking for a new opportunity with forward thinking, high growth dental practices, or looking for a fresh challenge in training, sales or customer services within dentistry, we’d be delighted to hear from you.
And if you’re still not sold and are worried about the long term consequences of Brexit, we’re still recruiting dentists for Australia!
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I blame myself really. I was meeting with a business associate over a coffee and happened to mention that things were looking a little quiet in the lead up to the summer holiday. We discussed the possibility that Brexit might have also had a bearing and artfully both managed to avoid spending the next 30 minutes or so discussing the pros and cons for where we British now find ourselves.
Since that discussion our enquiry rates have risen by 35% this week with no additional marketing or advertising involved. Several enquiries are new enquiries from existing clients while a number are completely new customers.
Why the sudden upturn – just as admit I was planning a few days off in the sunshine myself?
The simple answer is that every one of the clients who’ve been in touch this week have a clear vision for their dental business and are simply working to their strategic plan. A couple confirmed that while other dental businesses were wondering which way their income was likely to head in the coming months, they were simply keeping up their momentum, acquiring more customers or expanding their operations.
Many have already invested in new capital equipment and dental technology this year and a good number are increasing their on-line spend – realising that their customers are tech savvy and actively looking for help and information on-line on an almost unprecedented basis.
I admit, as a director of Blue Sky People for over 10 years, I am extremely proud of the fact that our phone continues to ring. Clients are still keen to do business with us (yes, despite the perception of agency recruitment being expensive) when they want to attract the best talent in the UK dental market.
It’s great to know that forward thinking, innovative dental businesses are still in good health post Brexit and as we head in to the quieter summer period. We’re always delighted to help them recruit the talent they need to be successful.
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It is a common misconception that using a recruitment agent to recruit – is exclusively for the larger dental groups. In fact the larger corporates now have substantial recruitment and HR resources in house and in some cases are actually targeted not to use external suppliers.
Here at Blue Sky People we actually work with a very diverse client base from specialist referral practices, through to mid size multi-practice groups offering extensively NHS dentistry.
Some current clients include small single surgery private practices with an exclusive clientele in London’s prime locations, to 2-3 surgery NHS practices from Aberdeen to Penzance. We even have clients in the Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey and Shetlands.
Clients retain Blue Sky People to recruit business critical roles for any number of reasons including speed and discretion but by far the most specified reasoning behind retaining us for an agency search is time!
So many dental businesses are held back from hitting their peak performance due to a lack of time on the part of the owners or business managers – to invest properly in to the recruitment process. Frequently they lack the time to invest in putting together an accurate job description and practice profile in the first place. And, when they do get around to advertising, they often lack the time to devote to screening through applicants and getting them in for interviews in a timely fashion.
If someone is applying for a job you have advertised, rest assured that they fall in to the “active jobseeker” category. If that is the case, they’re not just applying to work at your practice, they’re applying for other jobs as well. If you don’t get back to the best candidates quickly someone else will.
Additionally, practices often run and re-run adverts across Indeed, Gumtree, and other platforms on numerous occasions and at increasing cost, before realising it is proving ineffective.
Recruitment cost is the barrier most often put up by dental business owners for not using an agency to recruit, but unless you specifically engage an agency to undertake a retained search, fees are only applicable if they successfully recruit a dentist, hygienist, therapist, practice manager or dental nurse for your business. All of the advertising costs and most importantly – the time spent on searching & screening for suitable candidates – is borne by the agency.
Where practice owners and their business managers truly value their time – the case for using a well respected, specialist dental recruiter is often easy to make.
If you would like more information on how to recruit a suitable candidate for your dental team please contact me either via email email@example.com or call 01491 845511.
We’re really looking forward to this week’s BDA Conference and Exhibition – one of the key dates in the dental calendar and living in Bournemouth myself nowadays, it’s always a great excuse to get up to Manchester and meet with friends and colleagues from the profession and have some fun.
Blue Sky People have a stand (A09) throughout the 3 days of the Exhibition and we hope to talk to dentists of all experience levels throughout. We have a significant client base of over 1000 dental practices who’ve recruited through us over the years, many of which are recruiting for talented dentists right now.
With so many jobs for associates in particular being advertised direct by independent practices and corporates alike, many dentists question the logic of working with a recruitment agency, particularly when some seem to be advertising exactly the same corporate jobs.
Here at Blue Sky People we offer a wide variety of locum and associate posts with independent practices and small groups, who often don’t market their opportunities directly due to time constraints, or because they are looking for specific skills and attributes.
Often practice owners will work direct with an agency as they expect us to do the pre-screening of candidates on their behalf. If they are looking to recruit certain skills or are looking for individuals with specific attitudes or personality traits, an agency will assess suitable applicants as they pass through the process and minimize the time that the practice owner might spend reviewing CVs for inappropriate applicants.
At Blue Sky People, we work with NHS and Private practices throughout the whole of the UK, some British overseas Territories as well as with select clients in the UAE and Australia. Every client is recruiting for different attributes and skills depending on the demographics of their own client base so not every dentist is a fit for a specific job.
While we advertise our roles extensively through our own website, via Dental Jobs Group and occasionally through sites such as BDJ Jobs, where we are perhaps slightly different is that many of our jobs are filled without any external advertising.
We frequently find talent through our own database of CVs or networks of contacts, dentists we might have known for many years who are looking for occasional locum work or dentists who we’ve met previously at events such as the BDA conference, who’ve registered their interest in prospective opportunities and who we’ll contact directly when such an opportunity arises.
Sometimes the ideal or dream job doesn’t seem to be out there when you’re actively looking, but if we know what you’re after and we’ve got you registered with us, we can always let you know the minute something crops up to suit you. In fact, quite often we work with specific dentists or specialists who are looking for a particular opening or perhaps are re-locating – talking to our existing clients to see what sort of opportunities they might be able to create for talented and motivated professionals. Brilliant practices will often find space for terrific dentists and specialists where the business case is compelling.
See you at the BDA.
Despite “Dentistry” being removed from the skills list – potentially removing the opportunity for Dentists to apply for Permanent Residency in Australia – there are still a range of exciting opportunities for UK qualified dentists to live and work in Australia.
Alongside our Australian partners, Blue Sky People is recruiting UK dentists for a number of posts in particular throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
We currently have opportunities for UK graduate dentists who have at least completed their VT across a range of great locations including Canberra and the Sunshine Coast, QLD.
Opportunities exist within both the public sector as well as with well established and growing private practices.
Dentists up to the age of 30 are eligible to apply for a working holiday visa – which can entitle you to work on a temporary contract for 6-9 months. This type of Visa can be suitable for dentists who are happy to work within the Public sector – as opportunities within community dental hospitals are frequently available on a temporary contract basis. This is particularly well suited to dentists who want to work whilst in Australia, but who may opt to use the remaining time to explore the continent.
For dentists who are interested in a longer term commitment or who are 31 and over, we are able to offer via our clients – sponsorship for a 457 visa. The 457 Visa is tied to the sponsor – hence in the majority of cases, requires a professional commitment to the employer for a minimum period of 12-18 months.
We currently have clients throughout coastal Queensland, ACT and some locations in New South Wales – who will gladly sponsor UK graduate dentists with a minimum of 1 years post graduate clinical experience.
Dentists can work under a sponsored visa for up to 4 years in which time they can further explore avenues for permanent residency if their long term goal is to emigrate to Australia on a permanent basis.
Much like the UK market at present, Australian universities are offering more places on their dental courses, but there remains a genuine skills shortage for experience, motivated and ambitious dentists – happy to work outside of the Sydney and Melbourne catchment.
So, whether you are looking to take a trip out to Australia on a short term basis and fancy working for 6-9 months in a community setting, or whether you have a long term objective to experience the Australian lifestyle – the door is still open.
We’d be pleased to hear from any UK qualified dentists who might like to experience life and work in Australia.
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