Care sector salaries rose by 6.1% to a six-month high in November as providers sought to fill vacancies.
Leading independent job site CV-Library also revealed that vacancies rate fell by 9.7% year on year with application rates dropping by 17% over the same period.
Significant wage rises were seen across the board in the month at the nation’s key industries.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “This staggering increase in salaries is a direct result of the ongoing struggles that organisations in the sector are currently facing. Ongoing economic uncertainty, coupled with the growing skills gap, is making it difficult to entice candidates away from their current positions. As such, it’s clear from the data that employers within the care sector are having to pull out all the stops, in order to secure the top talent.
“The data reveals that candidate confidence has taken a knock since this time last year and this could be the driving force behind last month’s jump in salaries. It’s also concerning to see a drop in job vacancies, only confirming further that employers in the sector aren’t feeling confident right now.
“That said, with many professionals adopting the ‘New Year, new me’ mantra in January, plus many recruiters receiving their hiring budgets, we expect to see both application rates and advertised vacancies picking back up as we enter 2019.”