Almost two in five vacancies in social care are in London and the South East, figures obtained by trade union, the GMB.
The figures reveal an estimated 75,600 care vacancies across England, of which 28,000 are in London and the South East. In addition, there are almost 10,000 vacancies in the East of England and more than 8,000 in the North West and South West. It is estimated that the vacancy rate for care workers is currently at 9.1 per cent – more than three times the average for all jobs.
Care home operators are currently beng urged by minister for care Caroline Dinenage to back the next phase of a care sector recruitment campaign. In its first phase this saw a 97 per cent increase in searches for care worker jobs. According to the Department of Health and Social Care, one in four (26 per cent) care employers surveyed saw an increase in either enquiries, applications, interviews or vacancies filled
However, GMB national officer Kelly Andrews said: “It’s time that care workers are recognised as the skilled workers that they are – with decent wages, good training opportunities and a clear path to career progressions.”
The union is calling for sectoral bargaining, pay justice for care workers and proper funding for the care sector, as well as supporting mandatory care worker registration.
The DHSC social care recruitment campaign will run from autumn 2019 to April 2020 with the Department calling for support from providers from across the adult social care sector to advertise vacancies and share success stories.
Providers are being urged to send in case studies of those working in the sector and continue to advertise vacancies both on DWP Find a Job and on local jobs boards.
National advertising supporting care work recruitment will be supported by an updated campaign toolkit and suite of free materials for care providers to use.
If you are a care provider and would like to support the campaign by sharing case studies please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.