Social care vacancies in Scotland have risen by almost 43% this year, a new study has found.
The research by Totaljobs also shows that a third (37%) of social care workers want to leave the sector in the next five years.
The employment group said the growing need for social care staff has been driven by Scotland’s ageing population, with 38,100 people expected to reach pensionable age by mid-2018, around 19% of the population.
However, it pointed out that 67% of people would not consider working in the sector, while 53% of respondents aged 16-25 years old claim no one has ever spoken to them about social care as a career option.
Totaljobs surveyed 400 carers and 3,600 members of the public (those not working in the sector) between 29 July and 9 August.
Lynn Cahillane, head of marketing at Totaljobs, said: “Our research highlights that more needs to be done to future-proof a sector in demand to ensure people receive the care they need.
“While the UK’s political parties have all pledged further support of the industry, it’s key that care employers must also ensure they introduce the right strategies to attract, recruit and retain the right carers at this crucial time.
“Despite these figures coming out just before Christmas, there are some green shoots with us seeing 42,000 social care applications in Scotland in the first half of 2019.
“The key now is for care providers to ensure they’re promoting the range of opportunities available and putting in place effective on-boarding processes to help reduce turnover.”