Nursing homes increase demand for non-nurses

Care homes with nursing are extending their hold on the social care workforce, increasing demand for employees by 2 per cent to 295,000 jobs by 2019, according to the latest workforce report.

This has come at the expense of the local authority workforce, which has shed 65,000 jobs since 2009. Over the same period, the number of jobs in the independent sector has increased 30 per cent.

However, the report also finds that registered nurses were one of the only jobs in adult social care to see a significant decrease – down 10,500, or 20 per cent, since 2012.

In total, there are now 1.49 adult social care workforce in England, a 22 per cent growth in the total number of adult social care jobs since 2009, according to Skills for Care’s annual report, Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2019.

In total, there are an estimated 18,500 organisations now involved in providing or organising adult social care in England.

Other key findings include:

  • The number of adult social care jobs was estimated to have increased by around 1.2 per cent (19,000 jobs) between 2017 and 2018.
  • The rate of increase for adult social care jobs has slowed – between 2014 and 2018 the workforce grew by around 16,000 jobs per year compared to an average increase of 45,000 per year between 2009 and 2014.
  • The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs was estimated at 1.13 million.
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