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Four jobs in five pay more than social care average, SfC data shows

Four out of every five jobs in the wider economy pay more than the median pay for care workers, new figures released by Skills for Care show.

The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England 2022 report also reveals that the number of vacant posts in adult social care have increased by 52 per cent in one year – the highest rate on record.

For care home management, key findings from the 2022 ‘The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England report’ include:

  • There are 165,000 vacant posts
  • The number of filled posts (posts with a person working in them) has dropped by 50,000 – the first drop in the number of social care workers ever.
  • Average vacancy rates across the sector are at nearly 11 per cent which is twice the national average.
  • Care workers with five years’ experience are paid 7p per hour more than a care worker with less than one year’s experience.
  • The average care worker pay is £1 per hour less than healthcare assistants in the NHS that are new to their roles.

Staff turnover rates within care roles remain high at 29 per cent, equating to approximately 400,000 people leaving their jobs. However, not everyone who leaves their job leaves social care: some 63 per cent of people working in the sector having been recruited from other care roles. Social care is still seeing high rates of turnover amongst the youngest staff with 52.6 per cent of people under 20 leaving within 12 months.

Workforce growth projections show that employers will need to fill around 480,000 more posts by 2035. Skills for Care says this highlights the need for a workforce plan for social care which identifies the necessary numbers, skills mix and innovations in service delivery and which prioritises staff recognition, value and reward.

Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smyth said: “This report highlights the immediate and longer-term capacity issues in social care. In short, our society needs a step change in how it values social care and the great people who provide it.”


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