SSI annual report – Poor wages blamed for recruitment difficulties

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Formal recognition that care workers are underpaid has been made by the chief inspector of social services Denise Platt in her annual report. “Many posts in social care offer less pay than less demanding jobs in supermarkets,” Ms Platt said. “There do not appear to be enough people working in the service. During the year councils have reported to us that they are having the utmost difficulty recruiting competent staff.” The chief inspector’s report proposed no solution to the difficulty of recruiting care workers but focused on the need to better train those who were already working in social care. “All employers need to consider how they can support staff in their ongoing development, and as necessary, to support them to revalidate their skills and competence,” Ms Platt said. “Clearly the Training Organisation for the Personal Social Services (TOPSS) and the Local Government Association (LGA) Task Force on workforce matters have a significant contribution to make to determine options and solutions for the ca

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