More than 10,000 people in recent Social Care Seminars have listed recruitment as a major challenge facing their organisations. Here are The 6 Challenges Facing Recruitment in Social Care in the UK right now.
The following 6 Challenges Facing Recruitment in Social Care are excerpts taken from 'The State of Recruitment in Social Care' White Paper written by Cohesion Recruitment, a trusted provider of recruitment to the social care sector in the UK.
The 6 Challenges Facing Recruitment in Social Care
1. Skills Shortages
According to Skills for Care, 1 in 20 care roles remained vacant in 2016 - this is equivalent to 84,320 workers. Skills shortages in care have also increased due to the uncertainty of Brexit.
Technology and social media has become a universally adopted hiring tool. According to Network HR, 92% of recruiters are using on line resources as part of their process; with over half finding their best candidates through social media sources.
3. The Recruitment Process
There will always be a need for clearly defined recruitment processes in order to attract, assess and on-board the right people when you need them. Consider three fundamental elements when designing your process 1) Generational differences in attraction 2) Values based recruitment and 3) Engagement and assessment within the process.
4. Staff turnover
The social care sector has a 27.3. per cent overall turnover rate - resulting in 33,000 workers leaving their job each year. People will always leave organisations and we will never remove this issue entirely.
5. Perceptions of care as a carer
According to Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, the biggest challenge to overcome is social perception. Too often than not, social care is seen as a female profession. Have you considered how you could diversify your workforce?
The NHS offers benefits that the general care sector doesn't or can't.