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Vacancies in Scottish care homes more than five times the national average

New figures on the levels of staff vacancies in Scotland’s social care services reveal vacancies in care homes for older people at more than five times that across all types of employers.

The annual Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) ‘Staff Vacancies in Care Services 2020’ report shows that at 31 December 2020, 36 per cent of services reported having vacancies, a fall of three percentage points in the last year. However, this compares to 11 per cent in the wider labour market in Scotland.

Vacancy rates in care homes for older people and adults are even higher than the social care average – at 55 per cent and 48 per cent respectively.

The areas most affected by vacancies are: East Ayrshire and Edinburgh at 47 per cent of services) and Renfrewshire (44 per cent of services).

In terms of care home nursing, 38 per cent of services reported nursing vacancies, and the most affected areas are Stirling (17.2 per cent) and Aberdeen (16.4 per cent). Most common reasons for vacancies include: lack of experience and lack of candidates.

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