‘Lack of demand’ for 40 new jobs

Charles Folkes
Charles Folkes

A HOME care company’s plan to create up to 40 new jobs for people in Whitby is being thwarted – due to a surprising lack of demand for the jobs.

Following a new contract awarded last year by North Yorkshire County Council to deliver care in the area, Caremark (Redcar and Cleveland) embarked on a campaign to recruit more local carers.

However, despite offering good pay and conditions and with the Government announcing only recently that unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber is increasing month on month in 2013, Caremark has been unable to recruit the calibre of candidates it needs to meet the demand for home care in Whitby and the surrounding areas.

Some of this demand is currently being met by existing Caremark employees who travel to Whitby to provide care, but the company would prefer to have more locally-based staff.

Caremark (Redcar and Cleveland) managing director Charles Folkes said: “Recruiting carers has never previously been a problem for us so we have been surprised at not being able to recruit people in Whitby and the surrounding areas, especially in these tough economic times.

“Anecdotally, we have been told this is down to the seasonal nature of employment in Whitby, but what we are offering is flexible working hours all year round with competitive rates of pay, full training and good conditions.

“We have one member of staff who was a carer only 18 months ago and is now our care manager with responsibility for all the day-to-day regulated services we provide.

“We are now undertaking a further recruitment programme in the area and if anyone is interested in joining us we would be delighted to hear from them.”

Caremark is delivering care to a wide range of people living in Whitby and surrounding areas such as Staithes, Sleights and Hinderwell.

This includes young people with disabilities, adults with mental health problems and elderly people.