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Fall in job applications highlights COVID-19 challenge facing care providers

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A slump in social care job applications despite rising vacancies has highlighted the enormous challenge facing providers striving to keep their businesses fully staffed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Data published by independent job board, CV-Library, revealed social care job applications fell by 17.8% year on year during the first quarter, despite the number of advertised jobs rising by 20.7%.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “The social care industry is in desperate need of top talent to help navigate the spread of COVID-19, so it’s worrying that applications aren’t increasing in line with jobs. It’s difficult to predict how the labour market will perform in the next quarter, but sadly, it doesn’t look promising.”

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To help providers cope with rising staff absences and a greater demand for care as more patients are discharged from hospital, the government has announced it will be strengthening its national recruitment campaign with the aim of recruiting “tens of thousands” more people into the sector, backed by a new online learning platform to upskill staff.

It has also made changes to DBS and furlough processes to help fill vacancies.

Home care providers have, meanwhile, launched their own recruitment drives, while an initiative launched by online platform Florence has enlisted more than 20,000 recruits.

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