Bupa creates 800 new jobs in care home expansion

Private healthcare giant Bupa plans to create 800 jobs, to staff 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 for the country's battered jobs market comes at the beginning of a week in which figures are set to show official unemployment 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.

Cheer: Bupa is creating 800 new jobs at a time when unemployment is rising fast

Cheer: Bupa is creating 800 new jobs at a time when unemployment is rising fast

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 10million customers in almost 200 countries and more than 55,000 staff.

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