In a move to challenge the misfortune of 2020, the social care temporary recruitment app OUTT is creating over 5000 new social care jobs in 2021.
Where many industries have endured shock waves of redundancies and business closures, social care remains vibrant, but as a sector, continues to be blighted with double-digit vacancy levels.
OUTT is a newly launched digital temporary recruitment app, backed by a share of £50 million InnovateUK funding. This valuable governmental support has aided the speed of development, the goal to increase post Covid employment opportunities and fill temporary shift vacancies quickly. OUTT sidesteps the need for traditional agency support by allowing the employer to connect directly with suitable candidates at a much-reduced cost.
5000 new social care jobs
By matching candidate availability with employer demand, the app removes barriers to employment. It offers complimentary skills training to support returning social care workers who wish to refresh their knowledge, meaning that flexible opportunities are available for those feeling the impact of the COVID-19 jobs crisis.
Recognition from InnovateUK cements the status of this new digital recruitment concept as part of the drive to regenerate the UK. The awarding body grants funding to businesses at the sharp end of accelerated innovation, with OUTT selected as an app that facilitates faster staff appointments and a dynamic way to meet workforce demand.
While agencies and contingent staff have long been the backbone of UK social care, OUTT confronts this unpredictable reliance. It introduces a contemporary way of working that reduces the time and cost constraints associated with agency fees, with additional opportunities for professionals to gain recognition through an employer review base to help them develop skills, experience, and knowledge.
Steve O’Brien, OUTT Founder & CEO, says, “Our initial concern was addressing the growing shortfall in social care keyworkers across the UK, then COVID-19 simply changed the way we all live and work. This allowed OUTT to embrace the change and fast track the social care sector into the 21st century. Our aim is to provide 5000 new social care jobs in 2021.
In addition, agency worker rights are too often tarnished with negatives such as workers charged for payroll or forfeiting holiday pay; this practice has got to stop. Technology provides social care with a transparent platform where candidates can take control and get the pay they deserve.”
As a vital component to the successful recruitment app, OUTT delivers full compliance testing protocols, with verification processes more usually aligned with banks and credit cards, thus increasing hiring speed and enabling rapid deployment where needed. This has never been more essential, especially with the changing legality of self employed worker through IR35, where the liability firmly lies with the end hirer.
It is anticipated that, as demand for social care roles, homecare services, care homes, homelessness provisions and mental health services continue to skyrocket, digital innovation will provide the key to meeting those needs in a way that benefits the sector as a whole.
London based OUTT is a next-gen social care temporary recruitment app born from the COVID-19 pandemic. This UK Government-funded project provides a rapid route back to work for the UK, with expedited registration and compliance technology.
Registering with OUTT delivers opportunities for social care professionals to find work, build a review base, gain free skills training, and to take back control of where, when, and how they work.
Workforce managers have the opportunity to reduce overheads, fill vacancies quickly, plus significantly cut costs.
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