Jobs data paints a mixed picture of care sector

The latest data has offered a mixed picture of the care jobs market with applications up sharply on a quarter on a quarter basis but down on the previous year.

Job site CV-Library said job applications soared by 28% on the previous quarter but were down by 7.2% on the prior year.

Vacancies (+7.1%) and advertised salaries (+1.8%) were also up on a quarterly basis. On an annual basis, vacancies rose by 17.2% with salaries down by 2.9%.

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Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “It’s concerning to learn that application rates were down year-on-year, suggesting that candidates in the care sector aren’t feeling as confident as they were this time a year ago.

“That said, it’s positive that salaries saw an increase on the last quarter and this could be a big contributing factor towards the rise in application rates when compared with Q4 2017. With candidates feeling more comfortable about making their next career move, businesses across the industry need to continue to offer competitive packages if they hope to keep the momentum going.”

For more information on the UK job market, check out the full report here.

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