EXCLUSIVE: Easier commute tops care professionals concerns

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Professionals working in the UK care home sector have indicated that the opportunity to move to a company closer to where they live, or within easier commuting distance, is the number one reason they’d quit their current role.

Asked which factor would most encourage them to join a new company (aside from salary reasons), some 37% of respondents to the Care Home Professional Job Satisfaction Survey so far picked out the chance to make their daily travel schedule less of a burden.

The potential for greater flexibility in working hours is also becoming an increasingly important factor in employment decisions. 20% of respondents identified it as the primary motivating factor that would persuade them to jump ship.

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Meanwhile, 23% of workers cited the opportunity to climb the career ladder or attain a promotion as the key factor that would persuade them to switch employers, while the prospect of better staff benefits, such as gym membership or company car, would encourage 17% of employees to move jobs ahead of the other factors cited in the survey.

The prospect of a better pension package has attracted the fewest votes so far, with just 3% highlighting it as the factor that would make them tender their resignation and move on.

Full analysis of the Care Home Professional Job Satisfaction Survey will continue as the results come in and we are urging everybody to take part in order to create the best possible data.

The survey is completely anonymous and does not require any obligatory contact information to be filled in.




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