Currently 47.8% of care workers leave their job within a year
April 19, 2018
Why is the care workforce collapsing?
Poor pay and working conditions?
Lack of ongoing training and career progression?
The truth is all of the above. Carers are the back bone of adult social care. However, until we change the status of care work, improve pay commensurate with skills and responsibility we will not attract and keep the high quality sustainable work force we need. It is unsurprising that many carer workers start off in a career they are passionate about, yet find they are forced to leave.
According to the National Audit Office there are around 1.34 million jobs in the adult social care sector in England. However, the vacancy rate was 6.6% in 2016-2017, well above the national average of 2.5-2.7%.
With the changing demographic the demand for care will continue to increase. Unfortunately the gap between the demand for care and supply of carers will get ever larger unless there is a change in the culture around social care.
At Helpr we have a new way of doing things. Our digital platform enables us to cut overheads and pass on a greater percentage to our care workers, meaning a minimum of £12/hr, rising to £18/hr for more specialist work. We believe in investing in our carers and provide ongoing training and support to ensure they have the tools for career progression.
For more information please go to www.helpr.org.uk