A colleague recently attended a seminar and these are some results which might be useful when people enquire about the Care sector.
I attach the slides and some key points from the Recruitment and Retention in Social Work and Social Care Seminar I attended in Bath. This was presented by Jo Moriarty from King’s College London who specialises on research in this area.
The main points I took away –
· Social care is now a growing sector unlike retail (opportunity)
· Mixed response to the effectiveness of Apprenticeships – low pay, restricted hours (not good for social care)
· Lack of Nurses in Care Homes
· International workers make up 18% of the social care workforce – only 8% from EEA
There weren’t too many surprises however. Discussion focused on impact of low wages / self – esteem and the need for staff to feel valued.
Some providers are still successful in recruiting which may be because they are better at valuing staff and finding other ways to reward them.