Learning disability and autism workforce

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This report provides an overview of the adult social care workforce supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism. This report is based on data from the National Minimum Dataset for Social Care (NMDS-SC).

This report shows that were an estimated 665,000 jobs in the adult social care learning disabilities and/or autism workforce in 2017/18. 57,600 were in the local authority sector and 575,000 were in the independent sector. 

There were around 367,500 workers recorded in the NMDS-SC who were employed in learning disability and/or autism services. The data in this report is based on this unweighted data, and shows that:

  • around 53% of workers were employed on a full-time basis and 35% part-time
  • the turnover rate for this workforce was 29.3% 
  • on average, workers had 6.7 days of sickness in the past 12 months
  • 80% of the workforce was female and 20% male
  • the average hourly pay for care workers in this workforce was £9.81 in local authorities and £8.08 in the independent section. 

What's in this report?

  • Employment overview
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Demographics
  • Pay
  • Qualifications and training