The Skills for Care Report published today (13 October) shows there are more than 100,000 posts in the social care sector which remain unfilled. This means that there are more vacancies in the sector than before the pandemic started.

Sharon Graham says: “It isn’t rocket science to explain the current recruitment crisis shown in the Skills for Care Report with the industry’s universal poverty wages. A huge percentage of care workers are hired on the minimum wage. 

“These facts combined with exhausting long hours mean workers have voted with their feet and left the sector for better opportunities elsewhere. The only long-term solution to that involves the creation of better wages and better conditions for the workers in the entire sector.”


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