Staff Turnover and Shortages in the Adult Social Care Sector (BBC News / Skills for Care / UKHCA)


The UK Homecare Association, writing on behalf of care providers, has warned of the risk of rising staff shortages in adult social care,  which could result in vulnerable people receiving poorer levels of care.

It appears that over 900 people have been leaving their adult social care jobs daily. Data made available via Skills for Care and analysed by the BBC, indicates that while there were over 1.3 million people employed in the adult social care sector in England in 2015-16, an estimated 338,520 care workers left their positions in 2015-16; actually just around 60% of these left the adult social care sector.

“The average full-time frontline care worker earned £7.69 an hour, or £14,800 a year. The median average UK salary last year was around £27,600 for full-time workers”.

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Rhodes, D. (2017). Social care system ‘beginning to collapse’ as 900 carers quit every day. London: BBC News / BBC Health News, April 11th 2017.

This relates (in part) to:

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Davison, S. [and] Polzin, G. (2016). The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2016. Leeds: Skills for Care, September 2016.

Skills for Care, in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, have developed an online survey / tool intended to help employers address workforce planning issues with a view to improving employee retention and reducing staff turnover:

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Workforce Planning and Development Tool. Leeds: Skills for Care / Oxfordshire County Council, April 10th 2017.

Funding and Economic Sustainability

Possibly also of indirect and much broader interest:

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The Homecare Deficit 2016: a report on the funding of older people’s homecare across the United Kingdom. London: UK Home Care Association (UKHCA); November 11th 2016.

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