Sector must address care staff retention crisis, says GMB Union

GMB, the union for public sector workers, is demanding immediate action after figures showed a third of care workers leave the profession ever year.

A new study by the Office for National Statistics shows that care workers had the lowest one year retention rate for public sector occupations in 2016/17, at just 67 per cent. 

This represented a sharp fall from a retention rate of 79 per cent in 2012/13. 

Commenting, Rehana Azam, GMB national secretary, said: “It’s no wonder our carers are leaving in droves when they are underpaid, over worked and driven to despair by the Government’s austerity experiment.

“If the Conservatives continue to devalue the workforce and fail to recognise the need to professionalise them, we will have no one left to look after our most vulnerable.”

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