Estimated number of adult social care workforce jobs
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Understanding the size and structure of adult social care in terms of employers and jobs is fundamental for understanding the sector, evaluating the impact of current policies and external influences, and planning for the future.

Skills for Care estimated that the adult social care workforce had around 1.58 million jobs in 2016. The number of full-time equivalent jobs was estimated at 1.11 million and the number of people working in adult social care was estimated at 1.45 million.
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Source: The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2017
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SectorEstimated number of jobs
Total estimated number of jobs1,580,000
Local authority113,000
Independent (sum of private and voluntary)1,235,000
Jobs for direct payment recipients145,000
Adult social care jobs in the NHS91,000
What is this telling me?
Adult social care is a growing sector that, in 2016, had around 20,300 organisations, 40,400 care providing locations and a workforce of around 1.58 million jobs. The number of full-time equivalent jobs was estimated at 1.11 million and the number of people working in adult social care was estimated at 1.45 million.

As at 2016/17 the adult social care sector was estimated to contribute £41.8 billion per annum to the English economy. The total wage bill of the sector, calculated using NMDS-SC information, accounted for almost half (46%) of this amount, at £19.3 billion (up 16% from 2011/2012).

The number of adult social care jobs has increased by 19% since 2009 (by 255,000 jobs). The number of jobs increased by around 1.5% (by 20,000 jobs) between 2015.
What resources can help me?
It is crucial that the adult social care sector has clear, robust workforce intelligence about its size and shape, this will help reinforce its position as a major part of the economy. Good quality information about the workforce is vital to help improve the planning and quality of social care services, which will improve outcomes for people who use these services, both now and in the future.

To get a comprehensive overview of the 'size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England' including estimates of the number of care providing organisations, establishments/care providing locations, people and job estimates, trend data and future projections please click here.

To read information about the 'state of the adult social care sector and workforce report in England' please click here, including demographic information, recruitment and retention issues, pay rates and qualification and training information. This report also includes information about workforce trends between 2012/13 and 2016/17, including turnover rates, vacancy rates, zero-hours contracts and pay rates.

Click here for a full list of all 31 key social care job roles.