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Data and publications

Skills for Care is the leading source of workforce intelligence for the adult social care workforce in England.

We use the information collected in the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) to create robust estimates for the size of the whole adult social care sector and characteristics of the workforce. We add insight and interpretation via our workforce intelligence publications below.

This intelligence is only possible thanks to the care providers using ASC-WDS. You can contribute to the voice of social care by registering for an account. There are lots of other benefits for care providers including access to funding, free management of training records, and access to the ASC-WDS Benefits Bundle. Find out more.

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Reports covering information at the national (England) level. These include: ‘The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’, ‘Size and structure’, and ‘National analysis of mental health and learning disabilities and/or autism workforce information’.                                    


National reports and information


Reports looking at the adult social care sector and workforce within each region. There are nine summary reports alongside two data visualisations; one shows each region in turn and one compares key metrics across all nine regions. 


Regional reports and information 


Reports displaying workforce information in your chosen local area. Geographies are split based on local authority area and Integrated Care Board (ICB) area. There are also written summary reports for each local authority area.



Local reports and information



Monthly tracking

In addition to our annual reports of the adult social care workforce, we have been tracking monthly changes to staff, vacancy rates, and days lost due to sickness using data from the ASC-WDS.                                                     

Monthly tracking


View reports on key topic areas created using information from the ASC-WDS. Topics include registered managers, social work, and personal assistants.



Workforce estimates

Read about how we analyse and interpret the data we collect in the ASC-WDS. We create weighted workforce estimates to provide insight and workforce intelligence.


Workforce estimates


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