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Flight of EU workers leaves care sector with more vacancies

Rhiannon Bury
Reed found that the number of job vacancies in social care has climbed dramatically since last year - Yui Mok

Adverts for jobs in the social care sector have leapt by 64pc since last year, according to recruitment site Reed, as the industry expands and the number of workers from the European Union decreases.

Reed said that 10,747 roles in social care were advertised on its site in September, up from 6,543 in the same month in 2016.

The firm suggested that this was due to both the sector, which already employs 1.5 million workers, expanding, and a number of EU workers leaving the country.

This had added to historic staff retention issues, it said, and could force employers to pay more as demand increases at a faster rate than supply of workers.

James Reed, chairman of Reed, said: “There is a perfect storm brewing: an ageing population in the UK; European workers uncertain about taking or staying in jobs over here; successive chancellors keen to balance the books; and historically low pay rates.”

The figures released by Reed also show that job vacancies in health and medicine increased year-on-year by 19pc, growing from 8,480 to 10,084.

Like social care, health and medicine has been affected by the flight of EU nationals, it said.

Around 10,000 EU nationals working as doctors, nurses and support staff reportedly left the NHS in the year since Britain voted to leave the EU, according to NHS Digital, a Government agency that collects data on the health service.

Total job vacancies advertised with Reed increased by 7pc year-on-year during September, from 211,707 to 226,208.

Meanwhile takeaway giant Domino's Pizza has written to the Government urging it to put leadership skills into the National Curriculum to help mitigate a potential post-Brexit recruitment squeeze.

Chief operating officer Simon Wallis said the company had written to the Department for Education in a bid to help more home-grown youngsters enter the hospitality sector.

With plans to open 600 stores in the next few years, Mr Wallis said it would be creating more than 21,000 new jobs and was aware of the need to be pro-active ahead of Brexit given a third of its staff is from the EU.

Dominos has written to the Department for Education in a bid to help more home-grown youngsters enter the hospitality sector Credit: Jason Alden

"We recognise that to fulfill our ambition we will need young people to work for the brand and we have got to be open about how to create more home-grown talent alongside the potential reduction in migrant workers from the EU," he said.

The company will be making its in-house, online TeamSkills leadership programme available for free to "help people learn how to lead a high performing team".

Mr Wallis added more than 80pc of its managers started life as delivery drivers and pizza makers and wanted school leavers - even those with few qualifications - to be aware of such a potential career path.