East Midlands

East midlands

Skills for Care estimates that there were 139,000 people working in adult social care doing 148,000 jobs in the East Midlands. This report provides details about the workforce characteristics of these jobs. Data and findings are as at 2017/2018.


What's in the report? 

  • How many are employed, where they are employed and who employs them
  • 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
  • Workforce forecasts up to 2035. 

Key findings

  • There were around 1,750 organisations providing care at over 3,600 locations.
  • The number of full-time equivalent jobs was estimated at 103,000.
  • The number of jobs has increased by 15.2% since 2012 (by 19,500 jobs) and increased by around 1.2% (by 2,000 jobs) between 2016 and 2017.
  • 92% were employed on permanent contracts. Approximately half (51%) worked on a full-time basis, 39% were part-time and the remaining 10% had no fixed hours.
  • The staff turnover rate of directly employed staff working in the adult social care sector was 33.1% which equates to approximately 39,000 people leaving jobs over the year.
  • 84% of the workforce were female. Males did have a slightly higher prevalence in senior manager jobs (35%) as well as support and outreach roles (24%).
  • The majority (89%) of the workforce were British, 5% (6,000 jobs) had an EU nationality and 6% (7,700 jobs) a non-EU nationality.  
  • According to the Government’s “EU Settlement Scheme: statement of intent” the rights of EU citizens living in the UK will not change until after 31st December 2020. The NMDS-SC shows that 35% of workers with an EU nationality already have British Citizenship and that 47% will be eligible to apply for ‘settled status’. The remaining 18% of EU workers will be eligible for ‘pre-settled status.
  • Prior to the National Living Wage, care worker hourly rates increased by around 15p (2.3%) per year between September 2012 and March 2016. Since the launch of the NLW, the average hourly rate increase by 22p (2.9%) between 2016/17 and 2017/18.
  • The population in the East Midlands aged 65 and over is projected to increase between 2017 and 2035 from 910,000 to 1.32 million people. If the workforce grows proportionally to this, an increase of 40% (60,000 jobs) would be required by 2035.


Economic East Midlands ThumbEconomic contribution of the region to the economy 

For the first time, Skills for Care and the Local Government Association (LGA) have commissioned ICF to provide details of how each region contributes to the English economy. These reports have used Skills for Care workforce estimates. You can download a copy of the report in the download area below.

Key findings include:

  • The total direct, indirect and induced contribution of adult social care sector activity in the East Midlands the English economy was estimated to be £3.3 billion to £3.4 billion
  • This was estimated to be higher than the agriculture, forestry and fishing; arts, entertainment and recreation; and water supply, sewerage and waste management sectors. 

Data at local authority area level

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