Social care was one of the few key sectors to experience an increase in job adverts last month, with vacancies rising by 17.6% year-on-year, according to new data from independent job board CV-Library.
But despite this growth, the industry is struggling with a lack of available talent, as applications to these jobs fell by 25.8% in the same period and by 5.4% month-on-month.
Care providers across the country have made an urgent call out to thousands of people to join the sector as demand for services and staff shortages reach unprecedented levels amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library said: “The social care industry is constantly under immense pressure and the outbreak of COVID-19 is only exacerbating this further. Across the sector, there are efforts being made to attract more people into social care and hopefully this will pay off in the long run.”
Alongside this, the current situation has caused new candidate registrations on the CV-Library site to rise dramatically, with the amount healthcare professionals registering their CV increasing by 8.3% year-on-year and 4.8% month-on-month.
Searches for healthcare jobs have also soared by 45.3% year-on-year and 64.8% month-on-month, as Brits react to market demand.
Biggins continued: “The social care industry is home to hundreds of thousands of key workers and these individuals will play a massive part in how our country gets through his. It’s going to be a tough year for many businesses and while the government’s assistance should provide some respite, the future of our economy and the UK job market remains uncertain. For now, all we can do is sit tight, wait for the storm to pass and hope that normality will return soon.”