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.”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Thank you for visiting, the website for the leading magazine for care home managers, operators and directors. If you would like to receive the digital edition and/or the editor's regular newsletters via email please subscribe here.
Are you a care home staff member or operator?
Terms: Care Home Management (S&A Publishing) may use the information you provide on this form to get in touch with you with relevant industry news and promotions. You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us. We will treat your information with respect. For more information please view our privacy policy.
By submitting this form you agree to the terms.