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The Hampshire County Council employs eight new social workers, but still has more than 30 vacancies.

Towards the end of last year Hampshire County Council Announcing a Call to Care campaign to fill vacancies in the social care industry.

Eight caregivers have been hired in the last two months, according to a new report.

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However, there are currently more than 30 vacancies, and even more.

Cllr Liz Fairhurst, an executive member of adult services and public health, did not call the campaign a success, but said it had a positive “green shoot.”

She states: “I think there are some promising signs. We will continue this initiative in the coming months.

“I think we’re in the place we were almost expecting at this point. This is a time-consuming process of conducting an interview and filling out paperwork.”

This report, which will be submitted to the Health and Social Care Task Force next week, outlines challenges related to staff retention as well as recruitment.

Graham Allen, Head of Public Health and Care at the Council, said:

“Recruitment remains a major challenge for the care sector as a whole, and by Christmas there was a great deal of competition for resources from other sectors such as retail and hospitality.”

A dedicated recruitment team was set up by the county council and within its partner organization, Connect2 Hampshire.

The council received labor funding from the government in November. That’s £ 115 per employee.

An additional £ 210 per employee is imminent through another government grant. The council recommends using this as a staff bonus to improve retention.

It is estimated that more than 100 staff will leave the county’s social services department as a result of the compulsory Covid-19 vaccination deadline.

However, Allen reported that there are currently about 30 social care vacancies across the six parliamentary care homes in the county.

About 61% of Hampshire social welfare workers also have booster jabs.

Cllr Fairhurst said: “There is no specific deadline. This is just to start a new employee as soon as possible.”

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The Hampshire County Council employs eight new social workers, but still has more than 30 vacancies.

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