Workforce data and publications

Man in suit on the computer Using data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) we publish reports and briefings

Our team of expert analysts write and publish a wide range of useful reports and publications about the adult social care workforce in England. We share the information gathered in the NMDS-SC through these workforce reports, briefings, infographics and publications. 

  • Infographics are key information and data presented in an easy-to-understand format
  • Briefings are four page reports that share more in-depth information on specific workforce issues such as pay, experience, social workers and how NMDS-SC data is used.

National workforce information

  • The ‘Size of the adult social care sector and workforce’ is one of our most important annual publications.  It includes current information on the number of organisations, number of workers and number of job roles. The report also includes trends.
  • The State of the adult social care sector and workforce is an indepth report and includes information about the sector and workforce including demographic information such as age, gender, pay levels and retention rates.  This report is published every two years.

Local and regional information

  • Our regional reports include current information about the adult social care sector in each of the nine Government office regions. They're produced on an annual basis.
  • 152 local authority area summary reports provide data for every authority with care service responsibilities in England. These two page reports can be found under each region.

Focussed reports 

 

If you’re interested in accessing current information about the social care workforce and sector, visit open access dashboards.

Find out how to use them by watching our guide.

Our analysis team are experts in social care workforce data.  They've been working with data from the NMDS-SC and other sources for over eight years.  This experience means they can help you investigate, analyse and discover information to help you identify or solve a specific issue.  

Paid for services

Our data services can be used when you need:

  • evidence to help you make an important decision or develop a strategy
  • information/analysis and a report that’s more in-depth and tailored to your needs
  • trend information or help looking ahead with forecasts
  • help planning for the future
  • information for a bid
  • help to analyse data you already have but aren’t sure how to make the most of it.

Contact analysis@skillsforcare.org.uk or call 0113 2410969 for more information. 

‘Skills for Care provided a professional, expert service to support our workforce development project. Their approach was flexible and accommodating and the team were happy to offer advice on the breadth and range of data available and how to give extra context to our workforce information, such as the inclusion of demographic information from other datasets. We're very pleased with the work completed by Skills for Care in support of our project and would be happy to work with them again.’ Catherine Jackson, Project Manager, Social Care, Health and Housing, Central Bedfordshire Council.  

"We worked with Skills to Care to apply the methodology they developed to assess the economic value of adult social care at the national and regional level. Through this activity, it's been estimated that the economic value of adult social care in the City of Wolverhampton is worth £250 million. Using Skills for Care's knowledge and resources, we are able to articulate the economic contribution of adult social care in our City. We will use this work for social care workforce development activity, focusing on continual upskilling and a positive approach to replacement demand. I can recommend working with Skills for Care for similar initiatives across the country".

Linda Sanders, Strategic Director – People, City of Wolverhampton

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