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Recruitment battles driving down pay in social care, report finds

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Average pay for new social care jobs fell 2% in Q3 2019, with applications for these roles dropping by 8.9%, according to the latest market report from independent job board CV-Library.

The report, which analyses fluctuations in salaries, job vacancies and applications throughout July, August and September 2019, found that the average salary for new jobs in social care sat at £25,688 during this period, which was actually a 2.1% increase year-on-year.

At the same time, the UK as a whole experienced a 9.1% drop in job applications quarter-on-quarter, but a 15.9% increase in applications year-on-year. The social care sector saw applications increase by a just 0.3% year-on-year.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said employers across the social care industry are struggling to source the talent they need and this is having an impact on the pay packets they’re able to push out to potential new hires.

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“What’s more, applications have taken a dip on the quarter and this echoes recent reports from the ONS that the number of people in work fell by the largest margin in four years in August. Clearly, the lack of clarity around Brexit and the fact that we are edging closer to D-Day is weakening the industry’s jobs market,” he added.

Despite less people applying for new jobs, the amount of vacancies on offer across the UK grew by 9.1% in Q3 2019, with the social care industry experiencing a higher 13.6% rise quarter-on-quarter and a 10.1% increase year-on-year.

Biggins continued: “Social care employers appear to be pushing forward with their hiring plans, though we know there’s a distinct lack of talent in the UK to fill these vacancies. We expect this number to fall even further as we meet the Brexit deadline and move towards the quieter final few months of the year.

“For businesses that are struggling to source top talent, it’s important to focus on your key selling points and consider what’s going to set you apart from the competition. At the same time, in order to prepare for the busiest period in the recruitment calendar – the New Year –  it’s crucial that you invest in a robust hiring strategy sooner rather than later.”

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