June 15, 2016 @ 10:16 by Alison Cowie
Homecare provider EveryDay has unveiled plans to create hundreds of jobs due to increased demand for its services.
The social enterprise, which is owned by Age UK North Tyneside, provides a range of services that help people over the age of 18 to live independently in their own home.
Now North Shields-based Everyday, which employs around 200 staff, wants to create a further 360 jobs in the next year and expand its reach into parts of South Tyneside and Gateshead. The organisation is seeking to recruit people for a range of care roles including personal support assistants, team leaders, co-ordinators and assistant managers.
The new jobs are a direct result of rising demand for homecare services at a time when providers are struggling to recruit suitably skilled staff. According to research by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI), demand for healthcare workers could grow more than twice as fast (1.3 per cent) as the rate of population growth in the UK (0.6 per cent) by 2035. The report said the number of hours that these staff are required to work is set to rocket by 36 per cent by 2035, from nine billion to 12.2 billion, as demand for care services continues to rise.
Alma Caldwell, group chief executive at EveryDay, said: “We have embarked on the next phase of expansion and this will provide work for at least 360 care professionals in the next twelve months. We have seen a huge increase in demand for our services and that will rise further as the population gets older and people live longer.
“The key challenge for us is finding sufficient people with the requisite level of skills. We will also be recruiting people with basic skills and providing training for them as they embark on a rewarding career with us.”