Key Updates

Updated: 22 january 2020

This topic has been updated with the latest Skills for Care workforce data. The procedures sections on all the Recruitment and Selection policies have been updated and more information has been added to the How to Manage the Selection Process Guide.

Summary

Skills for Care workforce data (2018–2019) suggests that the turnover rate for social care workers in the previous year was nearly 31%. Care staff recruited to fill vacancies include both “new starters” and from other jobs in the care sector. The vacancy rate was 7.8%, the equivalent of 122,000 vacant posts at different levels.

With the demand for care steadily increasing, which will require greater numbers of staff, and the possible impact of Brexit on staffing turnover, it is almost self-evident that care providers must invest substantial amounts of time and resources in filling vacancies now and in the future.

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