A global recruitment drive will be needed to find thousands of workers for Perth's Fiona Stanley Hospital because of a labour shortage in WA, the multinational company that has the $4.3 billion contract to run the super hospital has warned.
Serco has to fill more than 1000 non-clinical positions and WA's Health Department has to fill 3500 clinical roles before the hospital opens in April 2014.
Serco's Fiona Stanley Hospital facilities management director Joe Boyle said finding the workers was a challenge and he expected less than half of the jobs to be filled by people currently working in WA's public health service.
"Clearly a significant proportion will come from WA health institutions as part of the reconfiguration plans, but that's likely to fill only a maximum of 50 per cent and may not even fill that," Mr Boyle said at a business breakfast in Perth yesterday.
"The hospital will open in April 2014 and we will need a thousand people, so we may have to go nationally and even internationally to cover all of the roles.
"But the opportunities will be there and we will be actively engaged with the recruitment market, the market in general, to try and get the interest up, to try and inform people as to what the opportunity represents but I'm sure we'll have a few challenges and gaps that we'll have to deal with."
Mr Boyle said the Fiona Stanley Hospital was Serco's biggest health-related project and $400 million worth of hospital equipment would be bought for the hospital by September next year.
Serco is putting out $636,000 worth of tenders every day between now and when the hospital opens. However, Mr Boyle said he did not know how many of them would be awarded to WA businesses, with many expected to go to companies elsewhere in Australia and overseas.
Fiona Stanley Hospital executive director Brad Sebbes said the State Government had to recruit 3500 clinical staff - in addition to the 1000 to be employed by Serco - and faced a similar problem with a labour shortage.
Mr Sebbes said he could not say how many of the hospital's clinical staff would be recruited from WA, but said there was already a shortage of health professionals.
He said an overseas recruitment drive was a possibility.