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Adult Social Care In England Continues To Grow

Skills for Care’s latest ‘Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce’ report found the number of jobs across the sector has grown by 4% to 1.63 million.

The report published today revealed around 1.5 million people were doing those jobs working for 17,000 organisations who provide care and support in around 39,000 different establishments in communities across England.

“This report is now the benchmark for how we measure the size and growth of our sector which once again has grown as the demographic changes in England continue to have an impact on the numbers of people needing care and support,” says Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen.

“We have made a number of changes to the methodology this year that will make the report even more accurate so we are confident that the intelligence it contains will help us plan how we find and retain a capable, confident and skilled workforce that can meet the significant challenges ahead.”

It is estimated that 72% of all jobs in the sector are provided by the independent sector, 14% by direct payments recipients 9% by local authorities and 5% by the NHS.

The report mainly uses data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care also shows that there are around 193,000 adults, older people and carers who are receiving direct payments from council social services departments with an estimated 100,000 people employing their own staff.

To download ‘The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2013’ report go to www.skillsforcare.org.uk/sizeandstructure2013

Skills for Care has also created a ‘The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2013’ infrographic which can be downloaded at

http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=16278&sID=3778

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