New data released by Skills for Care breaks down vital intelligence about the adult social care sector and workforce for each region in England.
Following the release of the latest ‘State of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’ report in October, the organisation has now released specific data insights for each region.
The insights include mean pay, turnover rates, number of jobs, vacancy rates, qualifications, and the demographic make-up of the sector for each region in England.
The data finds that the South East has the highest number of people working in the sector, at 241,000 people. The South East also has the highest number of adult social care jobs (filled posts) at 260,000.
Vacancy and turnover rates across the country paint a mixed picture. In London, the vacancy rate is highest at 8.9%, closely followed by the Eastern region with 8%. However, in Yorkshire and Humber the vacancy rate for 2020-21 sits at just 5%. Turnover rates proved highest in the Eastern region at 30.9% and lowest in the North East at 25%.
Looking at mean pay rates, London offers the highest mean pay rate for care workers and managerial roles, both within local authority and independent provider roles.
The mean pay for a care worker employed by the local authority in London is £13.55 while for independent providers this is £9.70. For managerial roles the mean pay for local authorities is £27.01 or £14.74 if working for an independent provider.
It’s not unexpected that pay rates would be higher in the capital, but outside of London, it’s the South West and South East regions who offer the highest pay rates.
For independent provider care worker roles the South East offers the highest mean pay at £9.46. The South East also offers the highest mean pay for managerial positions outside of London across both local authority and independent provider roles at £20.99 and £14.51 respectively.
The South West offers the highest pay for local authority care worker roles at £10.92.
Skills for Care produces this intelligence from the crucial contributions that care providers make to the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set. This data helps adult social care stakeholders understand the workforce on a local level and helps them to make informed decisions around regional support.