Skills for Care | Size and Structure of the Workforce

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Last week, Skills for Care published an update to its report on the size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England. While some of the trends have improved when compared to last year, this hides the fact that they are still heading in the wrong direction compared top previous years. The report found that:
  • The number of filled posts increased by around 1% (20,000) between April 2022 and March 2023. However, the previous year, the number of filled posts fell for the first time on record, by around 4% (60,000). This year’s increase is not enough to reverse that previous fall.
  • At the same time, the vacancy rate decreased to 9.9%, or around 152,000 on any given day, compared with 10.6% (around 164,000) the previous year.
  • Some employers are using international recruitment to help them address recruitment and retention challenges, with around 70,000 people recruited from abroad into direct care-providing roles after adult social care was added to the Shortage Occupation List in February 2022. This compares to 20,000 last year.
  • The total number of filled posts in adult social care in 2022-23 was estimated at 1.635 million. These posts were filled by 1.52m people, which is 5.2% of the total workforce in England, and more than the number of people working in the NHS, schools, or food and drink manufacturing.
The report shows that the workforce situation in social care remains critical. The small reduction in vacancies is a direct result of international recruitment. Over 70,000 workers have joined the English care workforce from other countries, and their presence is a contribution to be celebrated, whilst at the same time recognising it masks a further shrinking of the domestic workforce.
[article courtesy of NCF]
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