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Tuesday, 04 December 2018

The average life expectancy in the UK is around 81 years of age – this is projected to increase to 89 years of age by 2026. With an increasingly ageing population where births are outnumbering deaths, it is estimated that by 2026, a fifth (21%) of UK residents will be aged over 65.  Combined with estimations of there being 380,000 fewer adult social care workers in 2026, how will this affect our social care?

 

With the negotiations for Brexit focusing around the freedom of movement, this poses a strain on our social care in terms of staffing. The UK is reliant on care workers from the EU, with 1 in 6 of all care workers being an EU National. In a report from MAC (Migration Advisory Committee), it was proposed that EU citizens would not be given any preferential access to visas following the UK’s departure from the EU. The difficulties this will bring to recruiting new care workers comes as no surprise and there is likely to be a lack of support staff to meet the ever rising demand of our ageing population and the services that they require. From day centres, care at home, and supported living services, it isn’t just residential care homes that will feel the impact

 

Within the MAC Report, there was a common theme that Care Workers are ‘low-skilled’ but this is not the case. There is a common misconception that low pay equates to low skills - which could be a reason that working within care is not attractive to many people. 

 

So what are FRCE Recruitment doing about it?

 

FRCE Recruitment work closely with local councils and care providers in the private sector to champion higher pay rates for care & support workers; ensuring that these skilled individuals get a well-deserved, meaningful wage for the service that they provide. Under the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR), after an individual has worked 12 weeks, they are entitled to the equivalent pay rate that permanent members of staff receive for doing the same role.

 

The FRCE Recruitment Group also partner closely with local colleges and education centres to provide paid practical experience to graduate students looking to break into the healthcare sector. We hold locally based open days and skills development days for those who are currently studying Health and Social Care qualifications helping these individuals gain a foothold into the industry.  Our intention is to develop locally based talent - changing perceptions of care work from that of a low skilled/low paid job into one where care is a career of choice

 

For those who wish to continue with their studies (such as gaining their Level 2, Level 3, or even Level 5 Diploma), but still want to enhance their practical skills, FRCE can offer a range of opportunities.  We understand that college timetables and assignment deadlines can cause problems when looking for work, but care work operates on a shift pattern, enabling graduates to work around their studies whilst staying active within the sector itself. An ideal combination and career choice!  We also offer our temporary workforce continued professional development, supporting long term progression and career goals

 

Many workers find it difficult to return back to work following a career break. They may have been off due to homemaking, illness, or other personal circumstances, but their work breaks and resulting gaps in their employment history make some employers feel that the skills gap is too large to bridge.  FRCE offer refresher training, and client specific induction training to facilitate the journey back into work and close this gap, ensuring individuals have the same up-to-date knowledge as their co-workers and giving them the skills, experience and confidence to return to their chosen profession of Care work.

 

For further details on how The FRCE Recruitment Group can help, please contact us on email via recruitment@frce-group.co.uk or contact us via phone on:

 

London Office                    0203 846 7111

Birmingham Office           0121 726 7662

 

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