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Half of care employee candidates are unsuitable, research shows

Over half of candidates applying for care roles are unsuitable, new data to be presented at the Care Show London reveals.

In a second annual survey of care providers, the research finds that the rate of unsuitable candidates is highest for the second year running in residential care, at 68 per cent. The report, published  by software provider OneAdvanced, states: “This begs questions around candidate perceptions for this particular care provision settings, suggesting a mismatch between the skills and experience candidates think they need and the actual requirements of the role.” 

The research also reveals that in 2023, 48 per cent of providers said they were losing candidates during the hiring process. Almost a third of providers (31 per cent) said they had a low number of applications for open vacancies.

Other HR challenges include: rostering existing staff, salary discontent and payroll errors. Two in five (43 per cent) respondents said their current IT systems were not adequate for the demands of the job.

The second annual Care Trends report from software provider OneAdvanced, in partnership with Care England, will be presented on Thursday 25 April at 14.15 at the Care Show London.  

Martin Green, chief executive officer, Care England commented “This report highlights some alarming disparities between the technology that care provider organisations need for greater operational efficiency, and the digital systems they currently have in place.”   


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