Scholarships, low salaries: 80% of young cardiologists only find precarious jobs


  • 59% define their current situation as unstable and 73% consider their remuneration to be less than desirable, according to a survey by the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC).

  • 67% continue their training after the residency; 14% do so without pay, 9% earn less than the Minimum Interprofessional Wage (SMI) and 62% have considered emigrating to improve their conditions.

job instability involves young Spanish cardiologists. An investigation into their situation, published today by the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC), indicates that 80% only find precarious jobs at the end of their training and that 67% continue their training after the residency. Of these, 14% do so without recharging, 9% recharging less than the Minimum Interprofessional Wage (SMI)27% receiving between 12,000 and 18,000 euros gross per year and 64% must use to a second remunerated activity. But it is that in addition, when leaving the labor market, 80% find work, but in its majority these are temporary contracts or scholarships.

The respondents have an average age of 36 and, among them, 12% are still scholarship holders.

The sample, led by the SEC Data Group of Young Cardiologists and whose results were recently published in the Spanish Journal of Cardiology (REC), was presented today at the SEC22 Cardiovascular Congress press conference. Respondents have an average age of 36 and, among them, 12% continue with a scholarship, 35.8% sign temporary contracts sine die (which is illegal), 5.2% make replacements and 32.2% are temporary workers.

More data that speaks of precariousness: 43% practice their profession in a place other than where they were trained (93% in another autonomous community and 7% in another country). As for the field of health, 67% work only in public health, 4% exclusively in private and 29%, at both levels.

The perception of professionals

The survey also analyzed the perception of young spanish cardiologists about your work situation. Thus, 82% declare having suffered job insecurity after the stay, 59% define their current situation as precarious and 73% consider that your salary is lower to the desirable. In addition, 73% felt the need to postpone a vital goal: more women (80%) than men (66%). And 62% have considered emigrating to improve their conditions.

salary increase; the possibility of combining assistance and research and a better conciliation, are the proposals of the professionals.

In this sense, the proposals that young people value most as potentially useful for improving their employment situation are the most frequent calls for Public job offer (PEO); 67%, salary increase (66%); the possibility of combining care and research activities (44%) and improving reconciliation measures (40%).

The SEC has launched a study, SEC-Analiza, which aims to know the need and availability cardiologists in Spain, as well as an in-depth analysis of the situation of regional hospitals and their difficulties in finding specialists. The research, which is carried out in collaboration with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canariahas so far collected responses from nearly 1,000 respondents. Among them, 54.87% are men and 45.13% are women.. 92.58% were trained in Spain and 97.79% carry out their professional activity in our country.

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