GERMAN hospitals are targeting Irish graduate nurses, hoping to recruit them with better pay and conditions.
The German Red Cross Association has launched a pilot scheme in Ireland to recruit 60 nurses here for one hospital alone.
If the scheme goes well it will continue to recruit hundreds more.
Andreas Baumann, recruitment manager for the German Red Cross Association in Ireland, said he believed the better pay might entice nurses.
The starting salary is €28,600, rising to €29,000 on completion of a language course and over €30,000 in the second year. That compares with just €22,000 for the two-year graduate contracts on offer in Ireland.
The recruitment manager said the association was focusing on Irish nurses because of their high level of training.
The applicants will be brought on a one-week financed visit to Germany.
They can then sign contracts, after which they will be given a four-week intensive language course in Galway. Graduate nurses will begin work in Germany in mid-September.