On Wednesday 22 November 2017 Social Services Europe, a European network currently led by SOLIDAR, presented a report on Recruitment & Retention in Social Services: Unlocking the Sector’s Job Creation Potential, at a European Parliament debate hosted by MEPs Romana Tomc (EPP), and Brando Benifei (S&D). The starting point for debate was the Europe-wide challenge of recruiting and retaining sufficient staff to meet the needs of the social services sector, now and in the future. Social services are already one of the biggest job creators in Europe today, with more than 1.7 million new jobs created since 2008, employing over 10 million people. However, as the demand grows due to Europe’s changing demographic, it becomes increasingly challenging to recruit and retain enough trained workers, to provide the much needed quality services. SOLIDAR Secretary General, Conny Reuter, stressed that “there are several challenges we need to overcome, but Social Services Europe sees this as an opportunity to create new jobs in the social services sector, which would contribute to both social and economic growth.” For more information you can visit Social Services Europe’s website, or send an e-mail to the coordinator.