Job vacancies in the social care sector soared by 64% year-on-year in September, according to reed.co.uk.
More than 10,000 social care roles were advertised on the job website in the month, up from 6,543 in the previous year.
James Reed, chairman of REED, said: “Our jobs data has once again identified stark evidence of change within a sector, this time social care.
“There is a perfect storm brewing: an ageing population in the UK; European workers uncertain about taking or staying in jobs over here; successive Chancellors keen to balance the books; and historically low pay rates.
“Our findings should focus the minds of social care employers – this is a competitive market and you may need to raise wages to get the best people.
“This sector of our economy is expanding faster than many commentators realise and if harnessed correctly could really power growth.”
The job website said the figures suggest the £50bn social care industry, which employs almost 1.5m workers, is growing at its fastest ever pace.
It said rising numbers of EU nationals leaving the UK because of Brexit were adding to retention problems in the sector.