The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Skills for Care released their 2017, The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England last month.

The report draws conclusions about the workforce’s size, employment information, recruitment and retention issues, workforce demographics, pay and qualification rates and future workforce forecasts.

Key findings include:

  • 1.45 Million people now work in the social care sector
  • 19% increase in the size of the workforce in this sector since 2009.
  • 21% increase in additional adult social care jobs required by 2030 (350,000 jobs) assuming growth continues as the same rate between 2012 and 2016.
  • However a 44% increase in adult social care jobs would be required by 2030 (700,000) if the 75+ model is applied. The 75+ model assumes the workforce will grow proportionally to the number of people aged 75 and over in the population.
  • The average care worker’s pay in the independent sector was £7.76 per hour (April 16 – March 17)

You can read the full report on the Skills for Care website here.


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