Social care employee referral app Care Friends is celebrating its one year anniversary having paid out over £500,000 to care workers via its points-based reward system.
The app was launched in partnership with Skills for Care on June 16, 2020, offering a new recruitment solution for social care employers.
It works as a digital employee referral system, allowing existing employees to recommend friends and connections for jobs in social care. For every recommendation made where the suggested candidate expresses interest in a role, users earn points.
Points can then be cashed-in with every point equating to £1 in value.
Over 260,000 job shares have been generated by 20,000 care workers using the app during the past year, with the app’s top performing user recommending 16 of her friends, who no longer work alongside her as care workers.
The app has sourced over 16,000 candidates in the past year, and many are new recruits to the growing care sector.
Neil Eastwood (pictured), CEO and Founder of Care Friends, said: “It has never been more challenging to recruit in adult social care, so I am really pleased to see how the app has gathered momentum with both care workers and their employers in the 12 months since we launched.
“The personal connections of our 1.5 million-strong workforce represent the last remaining untapped pool of new recruits big enough to help fill around 100,000 vacancies the sector has on any given day, and support the growth in demand for care.
“I am really proud that the Care Friends app has the potential to connect these high quality future care workers with employers and recognise our care workers as great advocates for our sector.”
Oonagh Smyth, CEO of Skills for Care, commented: “Values-based recruitment is something which we strongly support, and the Care Friends app really emphasises the importance of hiring people with the right values for social care as we look to find the right people who may be currently outside the sector.
“We are thrilled to hear that over £500,000 has been paid out to care workers through the app so far, and this is a reward for workers who have worked incredibly hard over the last year which has been more challenging than ever.”
Click here to view CHP sister title HCI’s interview with Care Friends’ founder Neil Eastwood.