London-based live-in care provider Elder is creating 1,500 jobs for care workers to help meet an unprecedented demand for its services.
The company, which matches people with professional, full-time carers, said it has seen “thousands more families” inquire about live-in care compared to the same period last year.
It cited increased concerns over the safety of care homes during the pandemic as one of the key reasons for the increased demand, with recent data from IPPR indicating that 31% of families are now likely to look for an alternative option.
The pandemic is also expected to reduce occupancy rates within the sector – with the number of empty beds in English care homes almost doubling between 2019-20.
Elder is actively seeking people who have lost, or fear losing, their job to apply to positions across the UK.
CEO Pete Dowds said: “This announcement is the result of COVID-19 accelerating a trend we were already seeing; more and more people want to remain in their own homes – even when the time comes to get that extra helping hand.’
“It’s an open offer. You may have been inspired by the heroic efforts of care workers throughout the pandemic. You may be working in the health and social care space but want more flexibility over your own schedule. You may have spent time looking after a loved one and discovered how rewarding it can be. Or, you may be facing uncertainty in your current employment.’
“Whichever of these situations you’re in, we want to hear from you. You can be an integral part of a solution that’s keeping people safe – especially with winter, and the fear of a second wave, on the horizon.”