Guide for NQSWs – preparing for jobs market (updated 2013)

Newly-qualified social workers (NQSWs) since 2010 are reporting that it is difficult to find employment as a social worker

It is impossible to know the numbers of students not finding work. (The GSCC report that this maybe 1 in 4, but figures are not reliable as NQSW usually register on completion of their degree and it is at that point that 1 in 4 report they are unemployed. NQSW ‘s are supposed to contact GSCC when there has been a change in circumstances – such as securing employment, but it is known that not all do so. Also there is no record required as to what type of job NQSW’s have secured i.e. it is not clear whether employment is in a qualified social work post or a social care post)

It is undoubtedly true that there is a problem. Professor Brian Littlechild of Hertfordshire University and a member of BASW Learning and Development Reference Group says “I have never known it so bad”.

The situation is however a mixed picture and subject to regional variation.

BASW are meeting increasing numbers of newly-qualified social workers who are having real difficulty finding a job despite many applications.

Published : 30th September 2011*

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