A SUCCESSFUL recruiting campaign has seen a flood of applicants fill the shortfall in social workers on the Isle of Wight.
In July, the Isle of Wight Council launched a campaign consisting of YouTube videos, social media flash adverts and printed advertisements in both local and national newspapers.
Thirty people applied for the vacant positions and five have been interviewed and appointed.
Cllr Richard Priest, the cabinet member for children’s services, said: "Social workers play a vital role in the community and for too long the council has struggled to fill vacant positions.
"We are not the only council to have these problems, so to fill five vacant positions with full-time staff is a fantastic result."
Cllr Priest said employing permanent staff would save money by avoiding paying agency fees.
• See below for Isle of Wight Council videos on recruiting social workers and being a social worker on the Isle of Wight.