Recruitment crisis for social care sector, warns Totaljobs

The UK’s social care sector faces a recruitment crisis, according to research from careers site Totaljobs.

The research, released this week, reveals one in three (37%) social carers are looking to leave the sector within the next five years – equating to over half a million workers potentially leaving social care. 

One fifth (20%) of social carers are already actively looking for roles outside the sector, while one in five (19%) plan to leave social care within the next two years, and this figure increases to over half (57%) expecting to exit the sector within the next decade.

The UK will need a further 650,000 workers by 2035 to meet the increased need for care services as a result of the country’s ageing population, with one in five people over the age of 65 by 2030. As a result, Totaljobs warns the sector may face a staffing deficit of over 1.2m workers by the middle of the next decade.

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