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In many parts of England employment levels are at record levels and I regularly hear anecdotes from contacts across the South of England that every time a new super-market opens, the social care labour pool shrinks or disappears. There have never been more people in work and unemployment is at…
One in three graduates left their job within a year of starting, mainly complaining the role did not match what they were offered, a new study shows. Research by graduate careers site Magnet.me found that fewer young people are attending careers fairs as a way of finding out about jobs.…
Social care organisations could face increasing challenges in their recruitment unless they do more to recruit a diverse workforce. As more and more men are accessing care services, adult social care employers need to recruit a more diverse workforce that better reflects the people they support. Research by Business in…
Brexit could have "serious implications" on Ireland's struggling health workforce, one of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) top officials has warned. Jim Campbell, director of the WHO's health workforce department, said he was concerned that post Brexit the UK may try to fill gaps left by EU migrant health workers…
Around a third of nursing posts in care homes are vacant, with providers reporting increased difficulties recruiting staff, a new report has found. Scottish Care, which represents the independent health and social care sector, estimates the vacancy level stands at 31%, up on the 28% estimate for 2016. The number…
Patient safety and quality of care are at risk due to a workforce gap in the NHS, health leaders have said. Workforce concerns have become the "single biggest risk facing services", according to NHS Providers, a membership body, which represents health service organisations. The gap between the number of staff…
Northern Ireland's cash-strapped health service is paying up to £120 an hour for agency nurses as it struggles to plug chronic staff shortages, it can be revealed. Hospitals and clinics are becoming increasingly reliant on agency nurses due to difficulties in filling staff posts. The Press Association has learned that…
The number of nurses and midwives leaving the profession has risen by 13% over the last year, prompting fears the NHS is facing "major challenges" to retain staff. More midwives and nurses are leaving the register than joining it, new figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show, continuing…
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