Adult Social Care sector in England alone will need an additional 1million workers by 2025


Cohesion_logo_RGB“Really important, timely, and critical research that will have real impact over the coming years” – Professor Stephen Woods, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey.

On 30th January 2015, a new PhD study researching recruitment best practice in the social care sector was launched at Aston University.

The 3-year study, led by national care recruitment business, Cohesion, will draw on expertise from the industry and researchers at Aston University and Surrey Business School.

At the same event, representatives from major Care organisations from around the country held a roundtable to discuss future-proofing the UK Care Sector workforce.

It’s estimated that the adult Social Care sector in England alone will need an additional 1 million workers by 2025, yet the sector is struggling to evolve.

Talking about the effect of the PhD study on the sector, Prof Stephen Woods said “There is a pressing need for this research – we can make a great contribution to a sector that touches all our lives.”

The event included representatives from organisations such as Turning Point, Guinness Trust and Helping Hands, as well as representatives from Aston and Surrey Universities, and Skills for Care.

Led by Amanda Marques, Director of Cohesion, attendees discussed a number of issues faced by the sector, including quality of staff, diversity, high turnover and dissemination in the sector.

“If you go out to the public and ask what social care is about, they have a skewed view. There are 27 different job roles in Care … this is not understood by the general public.” – Annette Baines, Skills for Care.

Cohesion will be publishing a full briefing document from the event for circulation within the sector. For advanced details, please contact Hannah on 0121 713 6956 or



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