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Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments at 30 September - England, 2016

Publication date: 09:30 February 08, 2017


This report contains information on staff employed (directly and indirectly) by adult social services departments in England as at September 2016. This represents approximately 8 per cent of the overall Adult Social Care workforce

The report will be of interest to central government (for policy development, monitoring and workforce planning), local government (for benchmarking), charities, academics and the general public. The report does not include information on staff employed in the independent sector (private and voluntary) or children's social services departments (published separately by the Department for Education)

This report has used data collected by the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) for the past five years (from 2011). The NMDS-SC is managed by Skills for Care (SfC) on behalf of the Department of Health and has been collecting information about social care providers and their staff since early 2006.

Key Facts

• As at September 2016 there were 112,800 adult social services jobs in councils in England, a decrease of 46,600 council jobs since 2011 (29 per cent). The most frequently cited reasons for these decreases were restructures and service closures.
• 49 per cent of job roles (55,800 jobs) within councils were in Direct Care, although this role group also saw the largest decrease since 2015 (a decrease of 5000 jobs).
• The mean number of sickness days for adult social care staff in councils is 10.5 days; however 44 per cent of staff had zero sick days in the year.
• The average age of adult social care staff in councils is 47. This is 5 years higher than the latest available equivalent for the independent sector (Skills for Care).


Date Range: 01 October 2015 to 30 September 2016
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Councils with Social Services Responsibilities

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