About 110,000 jobs in adult care in England are left vacant, a rise of 22,000 in a year, according to workforce data.
Training charity Skills for Care said the vacancy rate had risen from an estimated 6.6% in 2017 to 8% in 2018.
It said employers found it a “challenge” to get people with the “right values” for care work.
The Department of Health and Social Care said it is going to run a recruitment campaign.
The statistics also show 31% of carers left or changed jobs in 2017-18.
The average pay for council care employees was £9.80 an hour, while the average pay per hour in the private sector was £8.12.
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