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Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments, England 2019National statistics
- Publication Date:
- 27 Feb 2020
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Local Authorities, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs)
- Date Range:
- 01 Oct 2018 to 30 Sep 2019
Data Quality Statement
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98% of all workers were included within WTE counts. All local authorities were included in the national WTE totals.
Starters and leavers by job role
Only local authorities with at least one starter were included in the starter figures and only local authorities with at least one leaver were included in the turnover figures. Local authorities with less than 15 employees are included as it is possible that these local authorities could have no starters or leavers during the year.
The ASC-WDS collects starters and leavers data for establishments or teams that were operating at September 2019. The confirmation form (introduced for the 2014 collection) collects starters and leavers data for establishments and teams that operated at any point over the year to September 2019. These data were also validated, at local authority level, against the change in the number of jobs between years to maximise data quality. The total confirmation form figures are used to calculate the overall starters and leavers rates.
These numbers are published alongside the submitted totals through ASC-WDS and can be seen in Table 3 of the Reference Tables.
Validations are carried out to compare the starters and leavers figures supplied in the confirmation form and in the ASC-WDS. The majority of differences can be explained by the ASC-WDS not gathering the starters or leavers figures from teams which were no longer operating at the time of submission.
All 151 local authorities provided their total number of starters and leavers for the year on their confirmation form and through ASC-WDS. Details of the local authorities included in calculations relating to starters and leavers can be seen within Table 3 of the Data Quality tables accompanying this publication.
Only establishments within local authorities where the ‘total vacancies’ equalled the sum of the number of vacancies recorded by job role are included within the vacancy rate calculations. The establishments with a mismatch in these areas would indicate potential data quality issues and are therefore excluded from vacancy calculations.
Local authorities with a missing ‘total vacancies’ figure are excluded from the overall vacancy calculations. In 2019, one local authority was excluded from the vacancy rate calculations.
Table 2 of the Data Quality tables accompanying this publication contains a list of local authorities which contributed towards the vacancy rate analysis.
Local authorities where more than 90% or less than 10% of directly employed (permanent and temporary) workers had zero sickness days in the past 12 months are excluded from the analysis.
In 2019, 149 of 151 local authorities were included within the sickness calculations.
Table 2 of the Data Quality tables accompanying this publication contains a list of local authorities which contributed towards the sickness analysis.
In 2017, the fields used to collect a worker's qualification data changed slightly. In previous years, the local authority was required to supply every individual qualification that a worker had achieved from a pre-defined list of around 110 qualifications. Based on these individual responses, SfC calculated the highest level of relevant social care qualification the worker had achieved. This question was simplified in 2017, whereby local authorities were first required to select whether each worker had achieved a relevant social care qualification and, if so, the highest level of qualification from a pre-defined list ranging from Entry level to Level 8 or above (based on the governments definition of what each qualification level means.
Table 2 shows that this change did not seem to affect the amount of qualification data submitted to the ASC-WDS.
In 2019, all 151 local authorities provided social care qualification data for at least 90% of their workers.
Capacity and utilisation
136 local authorities are included within the capacity and utilisation data. Please note that these three selected main services are a subset of a larger list of 72 services. Local authorities are included in the capacity and utilisation data if one or more of the 72 services had completed capacity data, therefore it is possible that a local authority can be included in this analysis but not offer any of the three services shown in this publication.
The main three services are;
- Care homes with nursing
- Care only homes
- Day care
Table 2 of the Data Quality tables accompanying this publication contains a list of which local authorities are included in the capacity and utilisation section of the publication.
Total number of jobs in service area / Average number of jobs per person in service area
The local authorities included within the overall headcounts are included within Table 2 of the Data Quality tables accompanying this publication.
Job confirmation numbers (total jobs)
In 2019 local authorities were asked, via the confirmation form, to provide reasons where there was more than a 5% difference in the number of jobs compared to the previous year. In addition to providing reasons for changes in total jobs, local authorities were also asked for any other comments they wanted to make, including any structural changes that might not have affected the total number of jobs or the types of jobs within the local authority (please refer to the data quality tables – reason for change sheet).