Adult social services: number of adult social care staff employed by councils shrinks by a quarter since 2011

Posted on February 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Adult social services: number of adult social care staff employed by councils shrinks by a quarter since 2011

The total number of council-based adult social services staff has decreased by 25% over the last five years, according to figures published in early February by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

A report summarising workforce trends shows that the number of council-based adult social services jobs has fallen from 159,4003 in 20114, the first year of comparable data, to 120,200 in 2015. This represents a reduction of 39,200 jobs over the period.

Focusing specifically on movement between 2014 and 2015, the number adult social care jobs in councils decreased by 8% (9,900 jobs) from 130,100 reported in 2014. This is also the fourth consecutive reduction to the number of jobs of around 10,000 per year since 2011. ‘Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments, England, as at September 2015’ looks at social services employees directly employed by local councils. It 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 arrangements and where workforce numbers may have increased.

Also comparing 2015 and 2014, around two-thirds of councils – 101 out of 152 – reduced the number of people directly working for them, with 657 of these reducing by more than 5%. The top reason for the reductions was restructure, which was cited by 50 out of 75 responding councils as a factor in the reduction of 8,500 jobs. This was followed by outsourcing (cited by 21 councils for 5,900 jobs) and redundancies (20 councils for 2,600 jobs).

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