Recruitment and retention
According to Skills for Care, approximately 430,000 care workers leave their job every year, and there are around 112,000 vacancies at any one time. Recruiting, retaining and rewarding good care staff is essential to good care.
This code of practice aims to:
- promote high standards of practice in the ethical international recruitment and employment of health and social care personnel, and ensure all international recruitment is conducted in accordance with internationally agreed principles of transparency and fairness
- protect and promote health and social care system sustainability through international co-operation by ensuring safeguards and support for countries with the most pressing health and social care workforce challenges.
Good quality health and social care is dependent on skilled, well-led and valued staff. Health and care workers have a major impact on the lives of the people they support, and effectiveness of the overall system. Recruitment and retention continue to be major issues for the NHS, local authorities and social care providers – with some areas of the country seeing services close due to lack of safe staffing levels, whilst the need for care and support rises.
This Learning Summit explored the emerging models for joint planning across health and social care at local level. It included examples from Lincolnshire and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, plus presentations and discussions with people with lived experience, Skills for Care and the NHS England workforce team. Access all the resources, useful link, case studies and recording of the session.
Information on the £15 million fund to help tackle the barriers of international recruitment, while upholding ethical recruitment and employment practices.
The adult social care workforce is made up of 1.6 million people. International staff make up 16 per cent of the workforce and without them the system would struggle to function. Even with these international staff there are still 165,000 vacancies across the sector.
International recruitment is a way to find skilled and diverse workers, but employers often have trouble navigating the legalities of recruiting internationally. Skills for Care has collated information to support care providers to recruit internationally.
The adult social care workforce in England started growing again in 2022-3, according to new data from Skills for Care.
The annual Size and Structure of the Adult Social Care Sector and Workforce in England report found that the number of filled posts - roles with a person working in them - increased by around 1% (20,000) between April 2022 and March 2023. The previous year, the number of filled posts fell for the first time on record, by around 4% (60,000).
The new figures show that, at the same time, the vacancy rate decreased to 9.9%, or around 152,000 on any given day, compared with 10.6% (around 164,000) the previous year.
Some employers are using international recruitment to help them address recruitment and retention challenges, with around 70,000 people recruited from abroad into direct care-providing roles.
The Government’s ‘Made with Care’ campaign highlights the wide range of opportunities available to build a career in care.
Running until March 2023, campaign advertising will appear to millions across video-on-demand platforms such as ITV Hub, Sky Go and All 4; radio and digital audio channels such as Spotify; and social media and digital channels like Facebook and Instagram, to direct job seekers to www.adultsocialcare.co.uk.
Help boost your recruitment locally and attract the right candidates for your positions with these free, downloadable digital and print materials. https://www.adultsocialcare.co.uk/recruit.aspx
Ongoing workforce pressures have meant that adult social care employers and providers have needed to adopt a range of strategies to help retain and support their workforce. Never has this been more evident than in the past year when faced with an extremely difficult and uncertain financial environment and dealing with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These top tips capture some of the approaches taken by organisations to reduce staff turnover and help retain people in the care and health workforce. Through sharing these tips, the Care Provider Alliance and Local Government Association invite you to share what successes you have had with retention across the social care workforce or lessons that may help others.
DHSC campaign to recruit staff to the adult social care sector. The campaign includes: care workers sharing their own experiences; a tool to find adult social care jobs in your local area; plus tips on perfecting your CV and succeeding at interviews, plus how to check if care is a career for you.