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Headline social work information

Data correct as at September 2023

Next update due: February 2025

This page provides the estimated number of social workers employed by local authority adult social services departments in England as at September 2022. This does not include social workers employed in the independent sector or those working in the NHS. Data on the children’s social work workforce is published by the Department for Education.

Information in this report includes recruitment and retention, demographics and pay rates. Download a copy of the report. 


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  • For information about how workforce estimates are created or our rounding and suppression rules, please visit our webpage on methodology.
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