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Workforce estimates

2 people iconSkills for Care uses data from the NMDS-SC to create estimates of the size, structure and characteristics of the whole adult social care workforce.

  • In 2016 the adult social care sector comprised 20,300 organisations, 40,400 care-providing locations and a workforce of around 1.55 million jobs, of which 1.34 million were within local authority and independent sector providers.
  • The number of full-time equivalent jobs was estimated at 1.11 million and the number of people working in adult social care was estimated at 1.45 million.

The 2017 adult social care workforce estimates are as at 2017. NMDS-SC data is as at March 2017 for the independent sector and September 2017 for local authorities. New estimates are published each year.

The excel document below provides information about the characteristics of the adult social care workforce at an England and regional level. 


What's included in these estimates

Data on:

  • how many are employed and where they are employed 
  • employment information e.g. full/part time status, zero-hours contracts
  • demographics e.g. gender, age, disability status, ethnicity and nationality
  • recruitment and retention information, experience in sector and role, and source of recruitment
  • pay rates
  • care certificate, training and qualification information
  • personal assistant estimates and workforce characteristic
  • workforce forecasts up to 2030.

How to use the estimates

These published estimates provide indepth workforce data in an excel file, so you can interrogate the data for yourself. The data is available at England and regional level. These estimates are used to produce the Size and StructureState of and Regional Reports

If you can't find what you're looking for in the estimates, please contact us.  

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