Social care jobs rise nearly 55%
Latest figures from the job site's database have highlighted that job postings in the social care industry have risen by 54.8% in the last year. The South West saw the biggest explosion in job growth with a 68.2% increase year-on-year, while the slowest occurred in the North East (21.4%).
Despite impressive job growth across the nation, the number of job hunters applying for roles in the sector has failed to maintain pace, resulting in an overall deficit of 22.2% in terms of the number of applications per role.
This is concerning news for businesses. Whilst a social care job could expect to receive 12.5 candidates per vacancies in July 2014, comparable data for July 2015 shows that this number has reduced to 9.7, meaning businesses have less choice during the selection process.
“The social care industry is falling victim to a growing trend,” says Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, “as jobs are on the rise, applicants can afford to be more selective in their job search. With the recent decline in applications per role, it’s clear that businesses need to become savvier at attracting new talent to their organisations.
“Lately, training opportunities are high on candidate’s priority lists when considering new roles – our recent survey revealed that 96.5% of social care professionals rate training programmes as & lsquo;very important’ when considering new employment. These statistics show that offering robust training from the outset could be a useful tool for organisations looking to attract more candidates to their vacancies.”