The workforce employed by adult social services departments in England

Published 14 February 2024 (data correct as at September 2023)

Next update due: 12 February 2025

Contact: Will Fenton

This publication contains information on staff employed (directly and indirectly) by adult social services departments in local authorities in England as at September 2023. Topics covered include: the size of the workforce, employment overview, recruitment and retention, demographics, and pay information.

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Scheduled revisions will be managed systematically, pre-announced and reflected in dissemination plans.

Unscheduled revisions are those that do not fit into the managed pattern of revisions, for example errors or unforeseen changes in methodology. For unscheduled revisions we will:

  • Where results are affected by methodological changes, a description of the change will be given.
  • Explain corrections to statistics at the earliest opportunity and in a way that provides the most benefit to stakeholders.
  • Issue corrections in an orderly way, in a new version with the amended statistic.
  • Summarise the key impact, nature and extent of corrections.
  • Reserve the right not to publish some minor revisions if the resources required to issue them outweigh the benefits to stakeholders. 


Revisions made

Revision made to ‘The workforce employed by adult services departments in England – reference tables’ on 20 February 2024.

Revisions were made to Table 2 (Number of adult social services filled posts by main service group, job role group and job role) only.


Contact details for this report

Will Fenton

T: 0113 245 1716


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