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


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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, 2014.     The report is compiled using data from the National Minimum Data Set for Adult Social Care.

We have made significant methodological improvements to estimates of the size of the sector and workforce in this year's report. 

Therefore estimates from this report should not be directly compared with previous reports.   


  • Our easy to read infographic can be downloaded here
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You can easily navigate to each section below:

The appendices are below:


The key outcomes and findings from this year’s report include:

  • An estimated 17,300 organisations were involved in providing or organising adult social care in England as at 2013 - an increase of 1% from 2012.
  • Around 214,000 adults, older people and carers received direct payments from councils’ social services departments as at 2013 - approximately 70,000 of these recipients were directly employing their own staff.
  • The number of adult social care jobs was estimated to have increased by around 2% between 2012 and 2013 and by 15% since 2009 and since 2009 the workforce has continued to shift away from local authority jobs and towards independent sector jobs.

Our regional reports provide an overview of adult social care services and the workforce in each region.   We have also produced local area reports for every local authority area across England.  You can order paper copies of the reports here.

If you are interested in the adult social care sector you might find the "State of the Adult Social Care Sector" report interesting.  This report is published biannually.   To order a paper copy of the report click here.

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