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Slump in job applications highlights COVID-19 challenge facing care homes

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A slump in social care job applications despite rising vacancies has highlighted the enormous challenge facing operators striving to keep their homes fully staffed during the coronavirus.

Data published by independent job board, CV-Library, revealed social care job applications fell by 17.8% year on year during the first quarter despite the number of advertised jobs rising by 20.7%.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “The social care industry is in desperate need of top talent to help navigate the spread of COVID-19 in UK care homes, so it’s worrying that applications aren’t increasing in line with jobs. It’s difficult to predict how the labour market will perform in the next quarter, but sadly, it doesn’t look promising.”

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Care home leaders have called for urgent government support to help fill staff vacancies during the coronavirus outbreak with some homes reporting more than 50% of their staff being absent through self-isolation or sickness.

The government has announced it will be launching a national recruitment campaign to support the sector and has also made changes to DBS and furlough processes to help fill vacancies.

Care home operators have, meanwhile, launched their own recruitment drives, while an initiative launched by online platform Florence has enlisted more than 20,000 recruits.

 

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