Workforce vacancy rates
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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. 
  • Establishments are asked to record the number of permanent and temporary staff employed, and also the number of vacancies at the time of completing the NMDS-SC.
  • From this, vacancy rates are calculated by dividing vacancies by the sum of directly employed staff and vacancies. 
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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Number of employeesVacancy rate
1,265,0008.0 %
What is this telling me?
The vacancy rate for the selected categories was 8.0 %.

Vacancy rates vary by job role and service. The vacancy rate is tends to be lower for senior managers, but much higher for regulated professional roles (social worker, occupational therapist, and registered nurse).
What resources can help me?
We've identified the following relevant resources: 
  • The ‘attract more people’ and ‘keep your people’ sections of Finding and keeping workers have lots of practical resources to help you to fill your vacancies and retain your staff to reduce your turnover rate.
  • I Care…Ambassadors are care workers that deliver careers events such as talks and activities to promote social care careers. Joining can help you to develop your workers and increase their motivation, making them more likely to stay. 
  • Hosting an Apprentice can also help you to find more workers.
What other reports can help me?
Adult social care workforce estimates
Dashboards show information held in the NMDS-SC only (around half of the sector). You can read about NMDS-SC data coverage and quality here. The dashboards can be used to provide an overview of the adult social care workforce at both a national and local level. Where possible, however, we recommend that you use Skills for Care’s workforce estimates which cover the whole sector.

Please click here for workforce estimates, including vacancy rates, for the adult social care workforce in England, by region, sector, service and job roles.

Skills for Care estimates that, at as 2016/17 the vacancy rate of directly employed staff working in the adult social care sector in England was 6.6%.