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Work-life balance the main problem for social care workforce retention: study

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A clear lack of work-life balance is preventing social care employers from retaining their workforce, new research reveals.

A survey from CV-Library, a UK independent job site, has found that 62% of social care workers have left a job because they are fed up with spending too much time at work and not enough with their families.

The survey investigated how 1,200 workers in various industries across the UK felt about their work-life balance and whether it affected their career decisions.

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The results revealed that the care sector was one of the worst industries for work-life balance right now, with one in four (40.5%) carers admitting that they don’t currently spend enough time away from work.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “Achieving a reasonable work-life balance nowadays is certainly challenging, especially if your employer is piling on the pressure and technology is enabling you to work from anywhere, at any time. These worrying results from the care sector prove how difficult it is to obtain a good work-life balance.”

With more carers looking to achieve a strong work-life balance, it’s not surprising that 97.3% said they’d be more likely to work for a company which encouraged this balance.

The Department of Health and Social Care recently launched a national campaign to address the estimated 110,000 vacancies in adult social care in England, but critics have accused ministers of sugar-coating the realities of the job and failing to tackle the problems triggering “the daily exodus” of care workers from the sector.

Unison assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Poor pay, minimal training and a dire lack of funding are the main reasons why so many care workers want to leave. The government must address these pressing issues first.”

But Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage insisted that spreading the word that care work is “rewarding, varied and worthwhile” would help address the massive demand for staff.

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