Report: Significantly Increased Demand for Indian Healthcare Professionals by 2030

Indian healthcare professionals are expected to witness a 100 per cent rise in the country and a two-fold demand worldwide by 2030, as per a report by NLB Services. The shortage of healthcare workers globally has led to an increased demand for Indian healthcare professionals known for their skills.

India, with the highest number of medical colleges globally, is a primary exporter of healthcare workers to developed nations like Europe, the Gulf region, the US, and more. The demand for Indian nurses has seen a 15 per cent growth in markets like Norway, Germany, and Austria, and 12-15 per cent in the UK and UAE in the last few years.

New destinations like Japan and New Zealand have emerged for Indian nurses and doctors. CEO of NLB Services, Sachin Alug, highlighted the need for cross-skilling initiatives to equip Indian nurses with skills required by different countries. Countries like Malaysia, Italy, Portugal, Poland, and Germany are also showing an increased demand for Indian healthcare talent.

In India, healthcare job opportunities have increased by nearly 22 per cent from 2021 to 2023, with Bengaluru leading followed by cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Hyderabad. Tier II cities like Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kochi are also witnessing a rise in healthcare job opportunities.

Kerala is a major contributor to healthcare talent migration to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, particularly to the UAE. Gujarat is focusing on enhancing nursing education and training to meet global demands. The demand for home healthcare services, especially post Covid-19, including physiotherapy, pain management, and chronic disease care, is also on the rise.


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