Bringing people back into the care sector may help the staff shortage crisis

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Recent data has shown that the care sector staffing crisis could be solved by simply enticing people back into their old jobs. 

Of those surveyed, although younger people are coming in to care (a 7% increase in the 18-24 age category), this does not offset the 25% decrease in the older demographic. There’s an urgent requirement to entice young people but this can take time, due to induction processes and compliance. While bringing experienced people back is a good solution in theory, better pay rates and conditions would have to apply for that to be realistic.

There were also large changes in the age categories 25-34 & 55-64. A large labour change would appear to be on its way with the data showing that the workforce average age is decreasing, which could be related to the housing market boom causing people to work longer hours.

In the last year alone, the number of over 55s placed in temporary work has declined from 25.8% in Q2 2021 to 21.67% in Q2 2022, despite a recent government statement to the contrary. 

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), over 500,000 older people have left the workforce in recent years, many prompted to do so by the pandemic. The number of over-50s not working or currently looking for work rose by 493,000 from October 2019 to December 2021. This correlates with Matrix figures for the same period, which show that the number of workers over 55 in employment dropped nearly 4%, representing 27.62% of all workers on its books in Q4 2019 and 24% in Q4 2021. 

“Despite the recent claims from the government, our intel paints a different picture,” said Matrix chief executive Mark Inskip. “The number of older people going back to work has been declining steadily since 2016. 

“There is a large labour change on its way with the workforce average age decreasing. Amongst nationwide staff shortages and economic woes, older people are not going back to work despite recent efforts to coax them back into the workplace. The care sector can turn this trend by really connecting with past employees to bring them back.”

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