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Hampshire’s social care recruitment efforts are in dire straits amid salary concerns

During October Hampshire County Council We have launched a Call To Care campaign to encourage more people to work in long-term care facilities and home care.

At that time, the county council and Connect2Hampshire websites had nearly 100 temporary and full-time vacancies.

In addition, 22 employee contracts ended with the mandatory Covid-19 vaccination deadline last month.

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Residents remain undecided about plans for Portchester roundabout traffic lights.

However, the county council remains tough on how many new starters have arrived since the campaign began and the current number of vacancies.

Cllr Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member of Public Health and Social Care, said:

“We have seen more people move forward, but we need more staff across the sector. We are looking forward to your application.

“It may be a really rewarding job, but the problem is that you can earn more jobs behind supermarkets and bars.

“Perhaps private-sector long-term care facilities may offer cash bonuses to new employees, as some other companies do.”

Cllr Fairhurst added that some areas of the care sector are “much better” than others.

However, Cllr David Harrison, a spokesman for the health and social care of the opposition LDP, said “abnormal” wages were the main obstacle to hiring.

“It’s no surprise that they’re having a hard time hiring,” he said.

“The biggest problem is the level of wages, and every time the sector is boosted, wages are overlooked.

“The government can invest everything they like in care facilities and training, but it’s easy if you can make more money as a self-employed dog pedestrian.

“To make matters worse, I don’t think the Council is in a position to raise wages in the near future, as it currently has to save £ 80m just to balance its books.”

A spokeswoman for the Council said the Call To Care campaign was running “relatively for a short period of time,” but added that hundreds of roles are available throughout the social care sector.

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