Social care workforce report available
Workforce development body Skills for Care (formerly Topss England) has published its second major statistical overview of the whole social care workforce in England. There are between 900,000 and 1.6 million care workers, depending on the definition of care used. The report describes their work roles, whether they are in the statutory or independent sectors, their training and qualifications, rates of pay, and trends in the vacancy rates for their roles. The State of the Social Care Workforce is downloadable at www.skillsforcare .org.uk, or available on CD-ROM for Â£5 from Skills for Care. Skills for Care chair Arthur Keefe said improving skills research and intelligence was one of the primary functions of a sector skills council. “This further piece of comprehensive research from our skills research and intelligence division is a welcome addition to the tools available to all those who are committed to modernising social care through workforce development,” said Mr Keefe.