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4. First job

4.1 Arranging first job

The proportion of recently qualified diagnostic radiographers with jobs arranged in July of their qualification year has seen a statistically significant increase since the low of 46% in 2011 to 83% in 2014. The variations seen in the proportion of recently qualified therapeutic radiographers with jobs arranged in July of their qualification year are not statistically significant i.e. they could simply be explained by random chance.

The main reason radiographers who qualified in 2014 give for not yet having a job arranged is that they have been so far unsuccessful at interview. In the ‘Other’ category, free text responses cited by more than one respondent are that they have not yet attended an interview; they are on a waiting list; and illness.

4.2 Starting first job

79% of radiographers who qualified in 2013 and are currently working, started their first job within 2 months of qualifying. This is a small increase over the 67% of those who qualified in 2012 and started their first job within two months. This increase is not statistically significant. However, the increase between 2011 (56%) and 2013 (79%) is statistically significant indicating that qualified radiographers are starting their first jobs sooner than in 2011.

88% of working recently qualified radiographers found a job with their preferred type of contract (full time or part time and permanent or temporary). This is a statistically significant increase over the low of 73% in 2011.

The number of recently qualified radiographers starting on temporary contracts has had a statistically significant reduction from its peak of 22% in 2011 to 11% in this year’s survey.

*Note: In the 2013 and 2014 surveys radiographers who had qualified in the current and preceding year were asked about their contract type. In surveys before 2013 only those from the preceding year were asked.

82% of radiographers who qualified in 2013 said it was completely or mostly true that their radiography course prepared them sufficiently for their first job. The related comments cited by more than one respondent are that clinical placements are important in helping students feel prepared; it is impossible to feel completely prepared; and that there is insufficient theatre training in courses.

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