Length of time employed in adult social care
Tell me about this report...
The information shown in this dashboard is from Skills for Care's weighted workforce estimates.
Data collected in the NMDS-SC is used to create workforce models which, in turn, allow for estimates of the whole adult social care workforce to be produced. This means that the analysis can be representative of all adult social care workers even if the NMDS-SC has uneven levels of data coverage.
You can read more information about the data on our website. 
Help and guidance
Information in this dashboard is from Skills for Care's weighted workforce estimates and includes the local authority and independent sectors only. Jobs within the NHS or for direct payment recipients are not included in these workforce estimates.
  • Please note that information has been rounded and may not sum to the totals.
  • Independent sector information is correct as at March 2018.
  • Local authority information is correct as at September 2017. 
  • The year an individual started working in adult social care can be recorded. From this, the experience in sector is calculated.
For help and guidance please see dashboard FAQ’s, the e-guide, the tutorial video or call NMDS-SC support on 0845 873 0129. 
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Workforce estimates 2017/18
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GroupNumber of jobsPercentage of jobs
 2 years or less390,00028.8 %
 3 to 10 years545,00040.4 %
 More than 10 years420,00030.9 %
What is this telling me?
The information shows the average years of experience in adult social care. Bands of experience show the proportion of the jobs within different experience levels.
The average experience in adult social care is generally higher in managerial jobs compared to direct care roles. Jobs within the local authority sector also tend to have more experience in adult social care than the independent sector.
What resources can help me?
We've identified the following relevant resources:
  • The ‘keep your people’ section of Finding and keeping workers has lots of practical resources and good practice to help you keep your staff for longer.
  • Our values based recruitment and retention toolkit will help you to recruit people with the right values. This can help you to find people who are the right fit for your organisation and who are likely to stay. 
  • Developing your staff through continuing professional development is a great way to motivate them so they’re more likely to stay. There are lots of adult social care qualifications available. We can help you to find good quality training through our list of endorsed training providers.
  • For staff progressing into more supervisory and managerial roles, the management induction standards can help them understand what’s expected of them in their role.

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