I noticed this article on the General Medical Councils (UK) website, and thought that it may be of interesting reading for the folk who check this section of VMD.
We strongly recommend that before you apply for the PLAB test you find out whether you have a realistic chance of obtaining the kind of job you want.
The job market in the UK is very competitive and you should think very carefully about whether you are willing to take the risks involved in competing for posts.
A recent survey of IMGs who have passed the PLAB Part 2 exam has shown that finding employment is increasingly difficult. Key findings include:
Please note: This survey was produced before the changes in the work permit rules were announced on 7 March 2006.
- Of those IMGs who passed between January and September 2004 only 48% found their first post within six months. For those passing between October 2004 and February 2005 this dropped to only 35%. Of those who did find posts, 74% of the posts were for less than six months.
- Of those IMGS who passed between January and September 2004 19% had not found a post after a year. For those passing between October 2004 and February 2005 this jumped to 34%. The time it takes to find a position is increasing.
We anticipate International Medical Graduates' (IMGs) employment prospects will significantly worsen following the Department of Health announcement that from 3 April 2006, IMGs who wish to work or train in the NHS will need a work permit.
Could somebody (Possibly Dio) confirm that EEA citizens graduating from EU schools have the 'first choice' of Foundation year positions in the UK? I have read this somewhere but am just seeking confirmation.