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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments at 30 September - England, 2010

National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Local Authorities, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs)
Date Range:
30 Sep 2001 to 30 Sep 2010


The Personal Social Services staff of Social Services Departments return (This report uses data collected from the Personal Social Services Staff of Social Services Departments return (SSDS001). The return was first collected in 1993 by the Department of Health (DH) and has been the responsibility of the NHS Information Centre for health and social care since 2004-05.

The report contains information on all staff directly employed by social services departments Both headcount and whole time equivalent (WTE) information is shown by type of job and care setting, gender and ethnicity. The report does not include agency staff or staff in the independent or voluntary sector as they are not covered by SSDS001.

Key Facts

  • In September 2010, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England employed 197,400 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) staff. This is a drop of 3 per cent from 202,600 in September 2009 and a drop of 9 per cent from 217,500 in September 2000.
  • The number of WTE social workers (45,800) was 24 per cent higher than in 2000 (36,900) and has only very slightly increased by less than 0.5 per cent from 2009 (45,700).
  • Women accounted for 80 per cent of WTE staff, this proportion has changed little since 2000.
  • 49 per cent of all staff work on a part-time basis, up 1 percentage point from 2009, but down 7 percentage points from 56 per cent in 2000.
  • 83 per cent of all WTE staff were known to be white. 13 per cent were 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 was unknown.

On 09/08/2011, information in Annex Table D1 - Social Services Staff by local Authority.xls was corrected for five councils (Newcastle upon Tyne, Newham, Norfolk, North East Lincolnshire UA and North Lincolnshire UA). The correction only affected the column entitled 2001 national census population: (per cent) of black and minority ethnic people. The same correction was applied to the CSV file available within the Zip file.


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