Care sector jobs crisis worse than before the pandemic, report finds

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According to a report, the care sector is facing a recruitment crisis with more vacancies than before the pandemic.

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Social care chiefs point to the persistent undervaluation of care workers as one of the reasons for the struggle to fill vacancies. The owner of One Care Home revealed that he had lost 55 percent of his workforce this year due to fatigue and disillusionment with the industry.

A new report by the charity Skills for Care found that an average of 6.8 percent of roles in the adult social care sector were vacant in the year 2020/21. This is equivalent to 105,000 jobs being advertised on any given day.


In August, the vacancy rate returned above its pre-pandemic levels, with 8.2 percent of all care sector roles unfinished. With the pandemic accelerating this trend, families continued their shift to home care services in care homes.

Vic Rainer, chief executive of industry body National Care Forum, said it was clear from the data that “this is not a workforce that is recognized or valued”. She added: “We need to recognize very clear warning signs that rising vacancies indicate a doubling level of disease and a high rate of turnover.”

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The report found that employee illness levels nearly doubled during the pandemic.

The data also shows that since March this year, there has been a sharp decline in the number of people coming to the UK for adult social care jobs.

The chief executive of the Care Workers charity, Karolina Gerlich, predicted the situation would only get worse, saying: “Many struggle with mental burnout and financial anxiety – we will see a sharp increase in vacancies as people living in times of crisis reach their limits.” “.

She continued: “As it is, Skills for Care is estimated to have a turnover rate of 28.5 percent (equivalent to 410,000 people) – and this is set to worsen, especially as the sector has drawn a large potential pool of workers from the EU. Lost it.”

Dr Chris Owden, Managing Director, Home Care Agency Caremark Aylesbury and Wycombe said Granthshala That from January to September this year they have lost 72 carers to fatigue and disillusionment.

“Carers are viewed as unskilled who have no authoritative voice, unlike other care and non-care professionals,” he said. “We managed to recruit 73 carers to replace those lost at a cost of £12,000. However, this does not keep up with our current patient workload as well as the increasing number of patients returning from hospital.

“We receive inquiries from 10 new patients a day, and we cannot support these hospital discharges due to a lack of care staff.”

The NHS is facing a growing bed crisis as care homes are forced to stop taking patients from hospitals.

Care home provider, MHA, told Guardian on Wednesday that he had already had to close one in ten of his homes for hospital discharge.

“My concern is with winter fast approaching and hospitals already approaching capacity, we need to take patients home,” Owen said. “To do this means to have an effective and efficient social care infrastructure, and we need care workers to facilitate this.”


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