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Social care jobs see 'record numbers' of applicants

Social care jobs see 'record numbers' of applicants
12th March 2010

Care homes can continue to select only the best staff from a large number of applicants, as record numbers of people are seeking jobs in social care, the Depart of Health has announced.

A government-funded website, which puts potential employees in touch with care homes across the country, is now receiving up to 1,000 new candidate registrations per day.

More than 28,000 have registered since was launched on February 1st.

"[The site is] not only useful for recruiting the ideal candidate, but can also help cut down what can sometimes be a lengthy recruitment processes," said Colin Angel, head of policy and communication at the United Kingdom Homecare Association, which runs the site.

Care homes can benefit from a "wealth" of good candidates via the site, according to care services minister Phil Hope.

Help the Aged and Age Concern recently chaired a cross-party summit on how to reform social care, with all three major political parities agreeing that the system needed to change.

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