Expert adult social care insight



You can download our latest workforce reports on these pages.

Further insight, statistics and reports on key issues affecting the sector and detailed profiles of specific job roles can be found below. 

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Thumb_SizeandstructSize and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2017*

Provides you with the most up-to-date and comprehensive overview of the size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England. 


thumb_stateofState of the adult social care sector and workforce in
in England, 2017*

This report provides you with an indepth look at the sector and workforce including demographic information such as age, gender, pay levels and retention rates.  


LAsummary178x251Local authority area summary reports 

Detailed 2 page workforce reports

A collection of reports for every local authority area with social care service responsibilities across England. Each report will give you an overview of the adult social care sector and workforce for that specific area.


Workforce estimates

Excel spreadsheets

These spreadsheets hold data at both national and regional level. They include data on the size and structure of the workforce, recruitment and retention, employment information, demographics, pay, qualifications and training information. 


Thumb_Rreport_SouthEastRegional reports

Nine reports

These reports tell a story about the adult social care sector for each Government office regions in England: North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, London, South East, South West and Eastern.






Further reports

Social workers

There are around 16,000 social workers in adult social care.

Recent data from local authorities tells us that this workforce has decreased by around 29%, with a turnover rate of 16% in 2016. 


Registered Nurses

Almost 43,000 nurses are now employed in adult social care and work in a variety of care settings.

Their contribution plays a vital part in a team of care staff that support people with increasingly complex needs. 



Personal assistants (PA)

A personal assistant (PA) is someone who
is employed directly by a person who needs care and support, to enable them to live their life according to their wishes and interests.

We now collect information on this part of the workforce.





Adult social care accounted for 19% of all apprenticeship starts in 2016/17. The average age of a worker starting an apprenticeship was 35 years old. Around 170,500 people participated in social care apprenticeships in  2016/17 and 90,000 took part In any given month. 




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