Overseas recruitment

As concerns grow about high vacancy rates in health and social care, the government has drawn up plans to hire more overseas workers before demand peaks in the winter. According to a report in the Times newspaper, health secretary Steve Barclay has instructed civil servants to significantly boost recruitment from overseas, including India and the Philippines. There are 160,000 vacancies in a social care workforce of 1.6 million. National Care Forum CEO Vic Rayner said action was needed but added that it should be part of a broader strategic approach that included better pay, terms and conditions.