Adult social services: new council workforce figures released

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Anchor-CINStatistics on staff employed by adult social service departments2 are published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments, England, as at September 2014  looks at social services posts in local councils, but does not include information on the much larger group of social care staff not employed by councils, such as those working for charities and private companies, some of whom may be employed under council outsourcing arrangements3.

The report shows that two thirds of councils in England reduced the number of posts in their adult social service departments between 2013 and 2014.

Today’s report shows that in September 2014 there were 130,1004 jobs in adult social services in councils in England. This represented an overall decrease of 10,600 (eight per cent) from 140,700 posts in September 2013. Since 20115 the total number of council adult social services jobs has decreased from 159,400 at a fairly constant rate of approximately 10,000 jobs per year.

Of the 152 English councils responsible for adult social services, 101 reduced the number of adult social services jobs between 2013 and 2014, another 46 saw an increase, and the remaining five reported no change.

This year the report provides more comprehensive information on the reasons for changes in the number of posts. Among the 76 councils which gave reasons6 for reductions, the top reason was restructure (cited by 54 councils as a factor in the reduction of 6,300 jobs), followed by outsourcing (18 councils, 4,500 jobs) and then redundancies (16 councils, 2,400 jobs).

The report also shows:

  • Over a quarter (28 per cent) of jobs were filled by workers aged 55 or over. The average age of the workforce in 2014 was 47 years old, unchanged since 2011.
  • Women made up 82 per cent7 of the adult social services workforce in 2014, a proportion that is unchanged from 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • The majority (86 per cent) of the workforce was white, with 14 per cent from black and minority ethnic groups.

Read the full report here: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/pssstaffsept14

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