Private healthcare giant Bupa plans to create 800 jobs, the firm said today.
The group wants the new employees for three new care homes due to open by the end of this year in Southampton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Malvern.
But the glimmer of good news from the jobs market comes at the beginning of a week in which figures are set to show official unemployment in the UK rising above the two million mark for the first time since 1997.
Bupa Care Services, which runs more than 300 care homes across the country, is looking for employees ranging from carers to maintenance staff.
Alistair How, the group’s UK care homes director, said: “We are investing in new care homes, extensions and refurbishments, but it is the people working in our care homes who really make the difference to residents.”
The group – founded in 1947 – now has about 10 million customers in almost 200 countries and more than 55,000 staff.