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REC Nursing and Social Care Group launches report

REC Nursing and Social Care Group launches report at the House of Commons

The REC Nursing and Social Care Sector Group has just published its Nursing and Social Care Sector Profile report.

The report was launched at a prestigious House of Commons dinner, hosted by Dominic Grieve QC MP, Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Justice Secretary. More than 50 members of the REC Nursing and Social Care Group attended the dinner, which was addressed by Dominic Grieve, Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the REC, and Peter Cullimore, REC Nursing and Social Care Group Chairman .

The report gathers vital information for recruiters and professionals working in the healthcare markets, giving the answers to strategic business questions within the topics of Market Profile, Workforce Profile, Issues and Challenges for Employers, and Employer Characteristics.

One of the important findings refers to the level of candidate satisfaction. In a sector where staff shortages are one of the key challenges, the focus on candidate satisfaction cannot be overestimated. The research shows that 85% of workers in this sector are fairly or very satisfied, including 72% of workers who are fairly or very satisfied with their pay.

However, 13% of workers expressed their wish to see the agency provide them with more training, a number that is double the number across other sectors. In recent years, various initiatives were aimed at raising the level of training, not least the latest scheme mentioned by the Chancellor in this years budget.

As the Governments policy aim is for people to receive care in their homes for as long as possible, home and personal care have become more complex, raising the need for qualifications such as NVQ levels 2 and 3 and apprenticeships. More has to be done for nursing as well, where it was reported that 3.7% fewer students attended undergraduate nursing courses in 2007 than in the previous year and over 25% of students dropped out.

Of the launch, Peter Cullimore, said: This report is an excellent tool for any recruiter who currently operates in the nursing and social care markets or who is planning to start a nursing and care desk. The feedback that we are getting from our members shows that this is invaluable information coming at the right time to help them in their day to day business.

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