Address Skills Shortage In The Global Healthcare Sector

Address Skills Shortage In The Global Healthcare Sector

To begin with, let’s look at the US healthcare sector. There is a rapid rise in the nation’s senior population. It is fuelling the demand for healthcare services. It is one of the largest employers in the U.S. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), the U.S. healthcare sector will generate the most number of jobs between 2016 and 2026 in comparison to any other sector. 

In India, the actual size of the health workforce is lower than the number of medical professionals registered with different associations and councils across the country. The World Health Organization recommends at least 22.8 skilled healthcare workers per 10,000 people. Another research paper that highlights the same fact that the nation does not meet this minimum requirement is the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Open. 

India needs more doctors. There is only one government doctor for every 10,189 people. To meet the growing demand for accessible healthcare, there’s a need for an additional 18.8m ancillary workers. These ancillary workers include nurses and technicians for the operating room, radiology and dialysis departments.

If we take a look at Germany, there are 36,000 posts vacant for therapists, nurses and attendants among other caregivers. Also, the population is ageing rapidly, adding to the urgency of staffing for health and care services. 

These are a few statistics that show the grave reality of the shortage of skilled professionals in the healthcare sector globally.

Reasons for skill shortage in the healthcare sector

Strict Licensing Requirements: As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest per cent of licensed workers belong to the healthcare sector. For instance, registered nurses should be licensed and must have completed specialised training in their respective subfields. It is mandatory for licensed healthcare practitioners to pass a national exam and obtain a degree certificate from a nationally-recognised education or training institution. 

Additionally, not every aspirant wanting to become a certified medical practitioner has access to the required resources including quality training to acquire job-ready skills and globally-recognised certifications. Thereby, the healthcare sector has fewer job applicants who can explore job opportunities globally. 

Relevant skills: One needs specific certifications and skills to become a certified healthcare professional. The shortage of skilled professionals is hard to close because individuals cannot prove their level of skill and knowledge. Employers generally face difficulty in filling positions for nursing assistants, speech pathologists and occupational and physical therapists. Positions that need years of practice, and successful course completion and certification to be employable. 

Lack of consensus on qualifications: In India, students who enrol in healthcare training centres generally gain laboratory-based education. They further need to successfully complete an internship to be qualified to work at hospitals as technicians in the operating theatres, radiologists and nurses. Private healthcare providers avoid hiring candidates from lesser-known private centres, as they might not be able to meet the on-job demands.

In essence, as per estimates, in 2020, the average population for the U.S., Japan and Europe will be 40, 47 and 46, respectively. Over the next two decades, a 4% decline is predicted in the workforce of industrialised nations. According to forecasts, Germany’s eldercare services will rise to 4.5 million by the year 2060 from the current requirement of 2.86 million. This growing elderly population base will require young and skilled healthcare professionals to assist them.

How to bridge the skills gap?

There are multiple ways to bridge the rising skills gap in the healthcare sector including skills training, certifications and hiring experts from other countries among others. One such solution is Certif-ID, a dedicated skills platform built on blockchain technology

The platform helps educational institutes create and send globally recognised, encrypted digital certificates on successful course completion. An individual receiving a digital certificate on Certif-ID after completing a course in India (or any other country) can apply for jobs anywhere in the world.  

Not only can Certif-ID help individuals to prove their skills and level of education but also aid in filling the workforce shortage in the global healthcare sector.

In the next blog, we will talk about blockchain and how it can reduce the complexity in the skilling and employment landscape. Stay tuned. 

You can reach out to us to know more about Certif-ID or share your thoughts about the healthcare industry. 

Also, do book an exclusive demo with our experts and walk through the Certif-ID journey.

  • Electronics engineers
  • Production assistants
  • Nurses
  • Electricians, electrical fitters
  • Software developers, architects, programmers
  • IT consultants, IT analysts
  • Economists, business management experts
  • Customer advisors, account managers
  • Sales representatives/assistants
  • Sales managers, product managers
  • Architects, civil engineers

I would like to emphasise that there is a massive demand for engineers, nurses, production assistants. 


Germany is a tech hub powered by engineers. Engineers working to create technologically advanced cars, machines and more. Irrespective of the sector, tech-driven organisations are constantly hiring. It is one of the fields with the biggest demand. From mechanical and automotive engineering to electrical and building engineering. The demand is for experts to have knowledge of emerging technologies and how they can redefine processes.

Businesses are looking for production assistants to support their tech and production team. From operating cutting and moulding machines to developing SSOP’s and Risk Assessments. 

The Skills Gap Analysis published by the Federal Employment Agency (BA) states that there are only 19 candidates for every 100 geriatric nurse vacancies. There is an endless demand for certified nurses. If we take a look at Germany’s ageing population, 2.9 million individuals will be in need of care by 2030. Hospitals, nursing homes and other care providers are recruiting skilled nursing staff. 

The only thing stopping many experts from finding jobs in Germany is the lack of recognised certificates or required documents.

What’s to expect from the Skilled Immigration Act? 

  • Accessing the German labour market will be much easier. 
  • There will be a rise in demand for vocational and educational institutes to issue verifiable certificates to their graduates.
  • The law will increase notification requirements for employers to meet their workforce demands.

For those educational institutes or individuals looking to be globally recognised, Certif-ID can be the answer. 

Certif-ID is a German Company with an aim is to bridge the skills and employment gap and harmonise education standards. It connects educational institutes, skilled professionals and recruiters on one platform built on blockchain technology.

An educational or training institute can sign up to the platform and undertake a third-party review to assess the effectiveness of their operations, teaching, placements and certification. Not only can an institute understand their stance in the market today but also boost their competitiveness. 


The platform also allows institutes to issue blockchain-powered digital certificates to graduates. These certificates will act as proof of skill and help in easy verification of credentials in less time. So, when recruiters choose to hire candidates from your institute, they are certain of the skills and certification provided. As they can be verified from anywhere at any time, thanks to blockchain technology.

To share your thoughts about the German immigration policy or Skilled Immigration Act or to know more about Certif-ID, please write to us here. 

You can also book a demo of the German-based Certif-ID platform here