According to the latest report from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, social care was one of the few key industries to experience an increase in job adverts last month, with vacancies rising by 17.6% year-on-year.
Interestingly, the study, which explores job market data from March 2020 and compares this with figures from February 2020 and the same period in 2019, did find that job numbers fell by a marginal 0.7% month-on-month.
Despite this growth, the industry is still struggling with a lack of available talent, as applications to these jobs fell by a massive 25.8% year-on-year and a smaller 5.4% month-on-month.
Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library comments: “The social care industry is constantly under immense pressure and the outbreak of COVID-19 is only exacerbating this further. Many care homes have been forced to close their doors to visitors in order to respect social distancing rules, while also struggling to care for poorly patients. Across the sector, there are efforts being made to attract more people into social care and hopefully, this will pay off in the long run.”
Alongside this, the current situation has caused new candidate registrations on the CV-Library site to rise dramatically, with the amount healthcare professionals registering their CV increasing by 8.3% year-on-year and 4.8% month-on-month.
Alongside this, searches for healthcare jobs have soared by 45.3% year-on-year and 64.8% month-on-month, as Brits react to market demand.
Biggins continues: “The social care industry is home to hundreds of thousands of key workers and these individuals will play a massive part in how our country gets through his. It’s going to be a tough year for many businesses and while the government’s assistance should provide some respite, the future of our economy and the UK job market remains uncertain. For now, all we can do is sit tight, wait for the storm to pass and hope that normality will return soon.”