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Employers are failing to offer part-time roles in social work

SOCIAL work employers across Britain are failing to offer part-time working conditions, new research has found.

Figures from the Social Workers Union (SWU) reveal that of 6,471 job adverts analysed on Total Jobs, Community Care and the Guardian between April 20 and May 20, just 19 per cent offered part-time or flexible hours.

Scotland has 31 per cent of vacancies available for part-time work, but just 15 per cent of those in Wales were part-time.

SWU national organiser general secretary John McGown said: “With growing demand from social workers for part-time roles and an increasing need to recruit social workers, you’d think employers would be jumping at the chance to offer flexible working conditions.

“We often hear about staffing shortages in social work, but part of the solution is staring employers in the face: offer more part-time or flexible roles.”

The union is calling for more part-time work opportunities to be created for social workers to improve working conditions, provide opportunities for those who need part-time work and improve the retention of staff.


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