Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2017

27th July 2017

This report provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive overview of the adult social care sector and workforce in England.

The report contains seven sections; introduction, organisations, establishments, individual employers, workforce, trends and forecasts.

It’s compiled using data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC).  The highlights from the report have been illustrated in an infographic. You can download both using the links below.

Key findings

  • The number of adult social care jobs in England as at 2016 was estimated at 1.58 million. An increase of 1.5% and 20,000 jobs since 2015.
  • The number of people doing these jobs was estimated at 1.45 million.
  • The number of full-time equivalent jobs was estimated at 1.11 million.
  • An estimated 20,300 organisations spread across 40,400 care providing locations were involved in providing or organising adult social care in England
  • Around 235,000 adults, older people and carers received direct payments from councils social services departments. It is estimated that approximately 70,000 direct payment recipients employ their own staff.
  • Since 2009, the workforce continued to shift away from local authority jobs (-37% and -65,000 jobs) and towards independent sector jobs (+27% and 260,000 jobs).

To read more visit the Skills for Care website