Social care job applications rose by 7.3% in September with application to job ratios increasing by 13.1% year-on-year, according to leading independent job board, CV-Library.
In its latest job market data, CV-Library also found job applications for social care roles had declined slightly by 0.4% on a month-on-month basis.
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, (pictured): “While we saw a dip in applications back in August, they picked up significantly in September, which tends to happen as people adopt the ‘back to school’ mindset. That said, we do know that the furlough scheme is due to end in a matter of weeks now and while the government is offering further support through its Job Support Scheme, professionals are clearly nervous about their prospects and competition for jobs is ramping up.”
In addition, CV-Library found that social care job vacancies were down by 5.2% year-on-year, however, they were up 5.3% on a month-on-month basis. Furthermore, average pay for social care staff rose by 2.2% on a month-on-month basis.
Lee added: “Every week we’re seeing more jobs being advertised on our site and, while vacancies are nowhere near levels that they were at a year ago, this is a promising indicator that the job market is headed in the right direction. That said, we know that many businesses and job seekers are still struggling and are worried about what a second wave will mean for their prospects. All we can do for now is sit tight and weather the storm through the autumn and winter months.”