Applications for social care jobs rose by 20.6% in May on a month-on-month basis, independent job board CV-Library has reported.
While applications also rose on a year-on-year basis by 19.2%, vacancies were down 6.2% month-on-month and 1.4% year-on-year.
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, (pictured) said: “The social care industry has been integral during the coronavirus pandemic and many job hunters understand this. However, like many industries employer confidence has taken a knock and job numbers have dropped. The wider market is starting to show signs of recovery, however, there’s still a long way to go and we cannot expect figures to return to normal overnight. Especially when businesses are under a lot of financial pressure.”
The data also revealed that competition for social care jobs was intensifying with the amount of applications per vacancy rising by 28.6% month-on-month (7.35 apps per vacancy in May compared with 5.72 in April).
Lee added: “The fact that there are less jobs being advertised than normal, and more professionals entering the job market, means competition for jobs is already beginning to intensify. This will put employers in a favourable position as the labour market continues to shift, but it’s important for companies across the industry to think seriously about their recruitment and retention efforts; especially when the furlough scheme does eventually come to an end.”