New statistics on England’s social care workforce published
NHS Digital has today published its latest annual report on the local authority-employed adult social care workforce in England.
Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments, England 20191 covers the 113,300 workers employed by local authorities in adult social care services – accounting for approximately 6.9% of the total adult social care workforce in England.
Information in the report includes:
The number of local authority adult social care jobs by job role and employer type
The proportion of jobs with zero-hour contracts, by job role group
The average number of hours per week which are worked by adult social care staff within local authorities
Demographic data such as gender, age, ethnicity and pay
Average number of sick days taken by adult social care staff in local authorities
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).
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Notes to editors
This report uses data collected by the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS), which went live in August 2019. It was previously known as the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) which was introduced in 2011. This collection is managed by Skills for Care (SfC) on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care and has been collecting information about social care providers and their staff since early 2006. Following an open National Statistics consultation, it was decided that the NMDS-SC would replace the Personal Social Services Staff of Social Services Departments’ return SSDS001 from September 2011 as the adult workforce data return for local authorities. The data in this report is therefore not directly comparable with SSDS001 and so comparisons are not made to data prior to 2011 in this report. For more information regarding this, see the Data Quality report that accompanies this publication.
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