The number of social care professionals applying for new jobs in the sector rose by 2.6% year on year last month, with salaries up by 4.1%, independent job board, CV-Library has revealed.
The job board also found a 43.2% jump in the number of professionals looking for work online, which it said could be attributed to higher salaries offered by some providers.
Average salaries in the social care sector were £26,055 compared with £25,025 in June 2018.
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “Many organisations have had no choice but to push up their pay packets, as they look to attract more professionals to their companies. Our findings suggest that these efforts may well be paying off, as more people are considering moving jobs right now.”
The news follows the Department of Health and Social Care’s announcement that there was a 14% (21,083) rise in applications for care or carer roles on the DWP Find a Job site during its Everyday is Different the campaign, compared to the same period a year earlier. Of these, 8,560 came from the campaign’s website.
Despite these trends, the amount of social care jobs on offer fell by 8.1% year-on-year and a further 11.2% month-on-month, according to CV-Library.
Biggins added: “While there are less social care jobs up for grabs, it’s important to remember that this is not unusual at this time of year, given that hiring tends to slow down in the summer months. However, we could also attribute it to the fact that employers are focussing on offering fewer jobs, with higher pay, in a bid to meet the growing demands of candidates in the market.”