Social care vacancy rates hit 8pc

Social care employers are struggling with vacancy rates of  8 per cent, new workforce analysis from Skills for Care has revealed.

In its 2018 report, The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, Skills for Care estimates that an 8 per cent vacancy rate equates to approximately 110,000 vacancies. The vacancy rate has risen by 2.5 percentage points between 2012/13 and 2017/18. This rise in vacancies, in the context of a workforce that has grown at a slower rate in recent years, suggests that the sector is struggling to keep up with demand as the population ages.

According to Skills for Care, staff under 30 years old and the lowest paid are most at risk of leaving jobs soon after joining, and trained staff less likely to leave a job in care. During the year, staff turnover rates have continued to climb, reaching 30.7 per cent – which equates to approximately 390,000 people leaving their jobs over the year. Turnover rates have increased steadily since 2012/13, by a total of 7.6 per cent. “This indicates that employers are struggling to find, recruit and retain suitable people to the sector,” says Skills for Care.

The report, ‘State of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’ and ‘Size of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’, offers a breakdown and analysis of the 1.47 million workforce by age, gender, location, pay and organisation type.

In care homes with nursing, the report finds that average salaries are:

  • Manager: £36,830
  • Nurse: 28,866
  • Senior care worker: £18,733
  • Care worker: £16,166.

 Other key findings from the reports are:

  •  The workforce has grown by 21 per cent – or 275,000 jobs – since 2009.  However, the size of the population aged 65 and over is expected to increase by around 44 per cent by 2035.This suggests another 650,000 care staff will be needed by 2035 to keep up with demand 
  •  70 per cent of the workforce have at least three years’ experience.

Summaries by care sector are available online.  


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