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The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England

Skills for Care are have released their ‘The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’ Report.

This report has been produced by Skills for Care and provides a comprehensive overview of the size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England as at 2019/20. There is also an infographic which highlights the key findings.

The report draws on several data sources to produce these estimates. The majority of the detail comes from the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS).

The data used in this report for the 2019/20 period was collected prior to the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in England. The ASC-WDS data used for the 2019/20 period was collected over the course of the year (March 2019 to March 2020) and data submitted in March 2020 was carefully analysed to ensure it did not significantly impact the findings. Therefore, the report does not show how COVID-19 has impacted the adult social care workforce.

However, Skills for Care is analysing ASC-WDS data on a monthly basis to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the sector and workforce. The outputs from this analysis are on the COVID-19 section of our Workforce Intelligence website:

  • The vacancy rate each month and the impact of the COVID-19  pandemic; a reduction in the demand for services is likely a contributing factor for the decrease in vacancies from around 8% to 6.5%). Skills for Care survey data in May 2020 found that 46% of responding employers were experiencing a decrease in demand, alongside evidence of falling occupancy rates in care homes.
  • The percentage of days lost due to sickness each month and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Skills for Care analysis of a survey distributed by Care Management Matters looking at the impact of COVID-19 on the adult social care workforce; 
  • Those working in adult social care who are aged 55 and over. Workers in this age bracket are potentially at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

At the time of writing, there was no evidence that the reduction in demand had resulted in a reduction in the number of people working in the sector. From employers updating ASC-WDS between March and May 2020, just as many reported an increase in staff numbers as those reporting a decrease.

We will continue to monitor these trends and other workforce trends over the coming months and make them available on our workforce intelligence site.

In addition to the report, we’ve updated information on the Local Authority section of our website.  This is the list of jobs figures by local authority area. These figures are for All sectors (LA, Ind & Direct payment recipients) and All services where you can interrogate the data using Tableau;  this interactive visualisation provides a detailed analysis for your chosen local authority area and a PDF summary report is also available.

Using our interactive visualisation tools, you are also able to compare two or more local authorities to find out lots of useful information across different areas, including the updated jobs data.

If you cannot find what you are looking for then please contact us.

Last reviewed: 05/08/2020

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