The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2012
This report has been produced by Skills for Care and provides a comprehensive overview of the size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England as at 2012.
The report draws on several data sources to produce these estimates. The majority of the detail, however, comes from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC).
The NMDS-SC is managed by Skills for Care on behalf of the Department of Health and has been collecting information about social care providers and their staff since 2006. Increased volumes and improved quality of data held by the NMDS-SC means these estimates are the most detailed and reliable to date.
Summary of key findings
Adult social care employers
- An estimated 17,000 organisations were involved in providing or organising adult social care in England as at 2012— an increase of 2.5% from 2011.
- An estimated 39,000 establishments were involved in providing or organising adult social care in England as at 2012— an increase of 1.5% from 2011.
- Around 193,000 adults, older people and carers were receiving direct payments from councils’ social services departments as at March 2012 — it is estimated that approximately 100,000 of these recipients directly employ their own staff.
- The total number of direct payments recipients continued to increase (by 8% between 2011 and 2012). There is evidence, however, that the growth of this part of the sector may be beginning to plateau.
Adult social care workforce
- The number of adult social care jobs in England as at 2012 was estimated at 1.63 million.
- The number of people doing these jobs was estimated at 1.50 million.
- The number of whole time equivalent jobs was estimated at 1.23 million.
- The number of adult social care jobs was estimated to have increased by around 4% between 2011 and 2012 and by 15% since 2009.
- Since 2009 the workforce has continued to shift away from local authority services (-15%) and towards independent employers (+15%), the personalisation of adult social care is also apparent with a large increase in the number of jobs for direct payments recipients since 2009 (+50%).
- The growth in the number of adult social care jobs is roughly following that projected by the ‘maximising choice’ scenario. Under this scenario the number of adult social care jobs is projected to grow to around 2.6 million by 2025.