Independent health provider Bupa has announced it is to recruit an extra 800 new nursing and auxiliary staff to work in its care homes.
As well as nurses, Bupa said it is looking for cooks, maintenance staff and housekeepers and added that it is prepared to retrain people who had not worked in the care sector before.
It wants the employees for three new care homes due to open by the end of the year in Southampton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Malvern.
Throughout January and February, nursing and health was the only jobs sector to demonstrate growth, according to the monthly Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.
However, despite the apparent security of jobs in nursing, there is growing evidence to suggest that nurses are feeling the effects of the credit crunch, with the cost of everyday life rising and partners being made redundant.
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As Nursing Times revealed last month, the number of nurses contacting the RCN for financial advice has more than doubled since last year.
Last week the qni.org.uk”>Queen’s Nursing Institute said it was seeing a similar trend. Jo Moorby, welfare and grants officer at the institute, said: ‘Our financial assistance department has experienced a 90% increase in the number of applications for financial help over the past twelve months.’
The QNI also offers a free CD Rom – ‘Money Management: A QNI Resource for Community Nurses’ – which can be obtained from the institute’s website.