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Recruitment planning

Understanding your business needs, planning your recruitment will help you to recruit and retain people with the right values.

A workforce plan is a great way to do this as it helps you to assess your current and future staff requirements.

Over half of employers we spoke to with a turnover rate of less than 10% had a workforce plan, which helps them to act strategically rather than reactively, target the right people with the right values, skills and behaviours, build on what they know works well and support staff development.

Calculating the cost

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Identify what recruitment activities are working well so you can invest time and resources in getting it right, or reduce activity where it isn’t working so well.


ASC-WDS data

is an online data collection service that gathers information about the adult social care workforce in England. This data helps you identify local labour market information and how your turnover compares to other providers. You can use this data to inform your decisions.

Access ASC-WDS 


Secrets to success

We conducted research with social care organisations with a turnover of less than 10% to see how they successfully recruit and retain staff.

Some of their ‘secrets of success’ include recruiting people with the right values and behaviours, who are more likely to stay, understanding your local area to inform business planning, using innovative strategies to attract candidates from the local community and offering quality training, positive working conditions, flexible working and competitive pay rates. 


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This research explores what adult social care employers with a turnover of less than 10% do that to their success in relation to recruitment and retention.

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This infographic shares the key 'Secrets of success' for attracting and keeping the right people.


Succession planning

Succession planning is the process of identifying and developing people to fill business-critical and leadership roles in the future.

Our ‘Manager Induction Standards’ sets out what a manager needs to know to perform well in their role. Our ‘Developing leaders and managers’ online guide supports you to develop your next generation of managers.