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Social care recruitment and retention survey open

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 16th April 2019

Views sought from social care employers and employees on the workforce and planning for the future.

According to research company ekosgen, a healthy Social Care sector, including Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) is vital for Scotland but there can be challenges in making sure there is an adequate workforce to provide the care we need. To understand this better, it’s important to collect information from employers and people working in the sector.

Recognising the need to understand the challenges and better plan the workforce, the Scottish Government and COSLA have commissioned ekosgen to carry out a study looking at recruitment and retention challenges in the Social Care and ELC sectors and how to address them.  The research should also provide insights into the movement of workers in these sectors.

They are undertaking extensive fieldwork and a series of on-line surveys are central to this. There is a survey for employers to complete (this link will take you away from our website). It should take about 15 minutes to complete, and is completely confidential. The survey closes at 5pm on 17 May 2019.

ekosgen have also established a survey for Social Care and ELC employees to gather the views of employees on what encouraged them to join the sector, what motivates them to stay and what their future intentions are. Social care workers are encouraged to complete the survey, and employers to share the survey with their employees (this link will take you away from our website). The survey is completely confidential, and should only take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey closes at 5pm on 17 May 2019.

The findings from all the research will help the Scottish Government and COSLA ensure that Social Care and ELC employers have the workforce they need going forward.

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