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Social worker job climate

Randstad looks at the potential implications for recruiters in placing social worker roles

The current state of the social worker sector

According to research conducted by Randstad, there are currently more than 18,500 people being cared for every day, which means that there continues to be a need for highly qualified social workers. The kind of jobs that this poses ranges from making a positive difference to the community, to working in nursing homes.


It also poses the question about whether there could potentially be a shortage of well-sourced social workers being placed into the right jobs.


What this means for recruiters


Both physically and mentally demanding, social care jobs require a set of specific skills. Entry-level positions have become more competitive and therefore recruiters need to consider how they can successfully meet that demand.


Recruiters could be left trying to fill a variety of social care job vacancies if they don’t offer sufficient guidance to newly qualified social workers and so must pre-empt a demand for resourcing social workers on a more permanent basis.


Advice that will help in the placement of social care roles


Of course recruiters will wish to find the right social worker to fit the job, so it’s crucial to consider what information they could provide to potential candidates.


  • Offering newly qualified social care workers advice on how to present their skills on their CV – This can include offering a service in which you review their CVs upon submission
  • Tips and guidance to help with preparation for an interview
  • Tips on how to go about organising a CPD profile


Top tips to consider for creating a care jobs spec


By taking these points on board, you can ensure that you develop a thorough job spec that lays out the expectations of the role to the potential candidate


  • A social care worker needs to be able to be compassionate with people of all ages and all backgrounds
  • Ensure the candidate has registered with one of the four UK Regulators – HCPC, Care Council, NISCC, SSSC
  • Pitch the idea of a fast track route into social care if the candidate has a 2:1 degree and above
  • Make sure that the candidate utilise professional networks such as Skills For Care and BASW
  • Ensure that the candidate knows about The Code of Ethics For Social Work
  • Ensure that the candidate enrols on The Assessed and Supported Year of Employment
  • Ensure that the candidate familiarises themselves with CPD standards
  • Advise candidates on graduate internships, or even voluntary schemes so that they can stay ahead in the recruitment process
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