THE number of job vacancies across the care workforce in Inverclyde has risen by almost 30 per cent since 2020, new figures have revealed. 

A report published by the Care Inspectorate outlines vacancies in care at home services, care homes and in children's daycare services. 

The document shows that care-based vacancies took up 5.7 per cent of the total workforce in 2020, rising to 7.3 per cent in 2022 - an increase of 28 per cent. 

Scottish Liberal Democrat campaigner, Jack Clark, says the data shows a 'profound crisis in care across the west of Scotland'.

He added: “Those who work in the care sector do a hugely important job.

"The SNP government’s poor workforce planning has left the sector overstretched and in crisis."