Anxious employers are offering up to £10,000 in introductory bonuses to help plug a chronic shortage of staff triggered by Brexit and the pingdemic.

Scottish care home operator HC One is paying applicants on two registered night nurse roles £10,000 upfront, as private health care providers battle with a shortage of workers partly caused by EU citizens returning home.

They say applicants have become ‘gold dust’ in a post-lockdown world, with 1.1million jobs currently unfilled.

Elsewhere, mental health group Elysium Healthcare is offering a welcome bonus of £5,000 for registered nurses, while the Priory Group is offering £5,000 for mental health nurses.

Job search engine Adzuna found almost 5,000 vacancies across the UK currently offering signing-on bonuses for in-demand roles such as care workers, chefs and nursery staff.

According to Adzuna, there were 1,116,454 advertised job vacancies between July 19 and 25, with logistics and hospitality among the worst-hit sectors.

Tesco is one of several businesses increasing pay for lorry drivers to help get food to stores
Tesco is also paying £1,000 to new staff ( Image: Getty Images)
The figures include 84,845 vacancies in logistics and warehousing – more than three-and-a-half times those advertised a year ago.

Retail vacancies have also risen 14% to 31,000 in the past month.

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