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Career focus: Care

The care industry always seems to be in the news.  Whether it’s undercover reports in ‘crisis’ care homes or pay disputes within the NHS, the sector regularly tops the agenda.

However, dig a little deeper, go beyond the headlines and you will find an industry which offers a huge range of rewarding career opportunities from junior to senior appointments.

People interested in working in the care sector could consider care homes, hospitals or even schools or nurseries.

Most day-to-day roles involve performing the tasks sometimes carried out by a close friend or relative but in a trained, professional and knowledgeable way.  Senior roles involve managing operational teams.

Roles in care can involve working with many different groups of vulnerable people, from the elderly and disabled to young children.

Where and when can I work?

Care roles are available across the UK.  Working hours will vary depending on the role and sector but many care roles will involve shift work.  People needing care may often require 24-hour support, so you may need to be flexible and expect to work unsociable hours.

How much could I earn in the care industry?

In the care industry average salaries can vary greatly. The vast amount of jobs within the sector lead to a broad range of salaries, for example care assistants can average from £17,000 to £19,000 whereas a care manager can average up to £30,000.

Is working in the care industry the right job for me?

Workers in the care sector must be aware of the needs of the customer and work to the highest standards every day to ensure people within their care retain their dignity and remain safe.

Being a good team player and communicator are also essential attributes as well as having empathy and emotional intelligence.

Keeping up-to-date with training and the latest news, views and legalities of your care sector are also important so you must have a genuine interest in working within care.

If you have skills in communicating with sensitivity, the ability to relate to people from a wide variety of backgrounds and the capability to remain calm under pressure then this could be the perfect sector of job for you.

The hard part is finding the right role for you within the industry so you should research the available options thoroughly.  Many can be physically demanding and you may need to cope with challenging behaviour.

What’s the latest trends?

According to a report by the BBC online in February 2018, there are concerns within the sector that key posts in England are becoming difficult to fill due to a number of issues, such as pay or workload pressures.  This seems particularly prevalent in roles such as a nurses and senior staff to run service.

On the other hand...

A report in the Guardian newspaper in March 2018 revealed the Treasury and Department of Health plan to propose that all non-medical NHS staff in England receive a 3% increase in the salary in 2018/19 in a £3.3 billion deal.

This trend for increasing opportunities is certainly mirrored on which has seen the number of advertised vacancies from March ‘18 to April ‘18 significantly increase.  

We currently have 139,000 jobs available within the care sector which is an 18% increase month on month.

The stats also show this is a very good time to be hunting for jobs in the care sector because demand for jobs has decreased.

So, if working in care is something which sounds interesting to you then go for it, the possibilities are endless and very flexible.

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