International recruitment is where employers seek to employ people from outside the UK to supplement their traditional workforce resourcing policies.

International recruitment of healthcare workers takes place in three main ways.

  1. Active recruitment: by employers or recruitment agencies. This usually involves advertising UK employment opportunities in the target country, holding interviews there and processing applications for successful candidates.

  2. Passive recruitment: this is where overseas or European workers individually pursue career options, often after moving voluntarily to the UK.

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