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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments at 30 September - England, 2008

National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Local Authorities, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs)
Date Range:
30 Sep 1999 to 30 Sep 2008


The Personal Social Services staff of Social Services Departments return (SSDS001) was first collected in 1993 by the Department of Health (DH). Since 2004-05 the return has been the responsibility of The NHS Information Centre for health and social care. The aim of the SSDS001 is to collect detailed information on all staff, whether full or part-time, directly employed by social services departments.

Key Facts

  • in September 2008, Councils with Social Services Responsibilities (CSSRs) in England employed 202,200 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) staff. This is a drop of 3 per cent from 208,700 in September 2007 and a drop of 9 per cent from 221,700 in September 1999
  • the number of WTE social work staff (45,300) was 24 per cent higher than in 1999 (36,600) but less than 1 per cent higher than in 2007 (45,200)
  • women accounted for 80 per cent of WTE staff, this proportion has changed little since 1999
  • 49 per cent of all staff work on a part-time basis, down 1 percentage point from 50 per cent in 2007 and down 9 percentage points from 58 per cent in 1999
  • 84 per cent of all WTE staff are known to be white. 12 per cent are from non-white ethnic groups (7 per cent known to be of black ethnic origin, 4 per cent Asian, 1 per cent from mixed ethnic groups and 1 per cent from other ethnic groups). The ethnicity of the remaining 4 per cent of staff is unknown


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