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Recent data has shown that there has been a 42% decline in the number of people applying for healthcare vacancies between June and July this year.

According to the APSCo research, using data compiled by Broadbean Technology, this could complicate preparations for a potential Covid-19 surge during the winter months.

The figures also show that yearly applications plunged 51% when comparing July 2022 to the same period in 2021.

The report highlights that a key contributor to this decline in applicants is likely to be the underwhelming pay increases that staff in the sector are experiencing, with year-on-year salaries only rising 3% at a time when inflation rates are expected to reach 13% by the end of the year.

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Ann Swain, CEO of APSCo, commented on the findings, “The sudden notable drop in healthcare application numbers from June to July 2022 will be a worry for recruiters and employers alike.

“While it’s abundantly clear that more needs to be done to entice people into the sector, what could be of more concern are the number of people leaving the sector due to burnout or less than satisfactory pay rises.

“With salary showing just a 3% yearly increase and staff shortages amplified by Brexit, the sector is facing an incredibly tough time. For this reason, the government may need to re-evaluate and step in to aid recruitment and retention within the sector.”

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