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Social care job applications fall on the back of drop in salaries

Lee Biggins – MD – CV-Library

Applications for social care jobs fell by 8.9% quarter on quarter in Q3 on the back of a 2% drop in salaries for new jobs amidst a tight labour market, CV-Library has revealed.

While new job salaries fell on the previous quarter to around £25,000 they were up by 2.1% on a year on year basis.

Job applications as a whole, meanwhile, fell by 9.1% quarter on quarter but were up by 15.9% year on year. Social care job applications rose by just 0.3% year on year, however.

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Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, (pictured) said: “We know that employers across the social care industry are struggling to source the talent they need and this is having an impact on the pay packets they’re able to push out to potential new hires.

“What’s more, applications have taken a dip on the quarter and this echoes recent reports from the ONS that the number of people in work fell by the largest margin in four years in August. Clearly, the lack of clarity around Brexit and the fact that we are edging closer to D-Day is weakening the industry’s jobs market.”

The overall trend in social job vacancies continued on the up, however, rising by 13.6% on a quarter on quarter basis and 10.1% year on year.

Lee added: “Social care employers appear to be pushing forward with their hiring plans, though we know there’s a distinct lack of talent in the UK to fill these vacancies. We expect this number to fall even further as we meet the Brexit deadline and move towards the quieter final few months of the year.

“For businesses that are struggling to source top talent, it’s important to focus on your key selling points and consider what’s going to set you apart from the competition. At the same time, in order to prepare for the busiest period in the recruitment calendar – the New Year –  it’s crucial that you invest in a robust hiring strategy sooner rather than later.”

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