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

 

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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 new figures published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

A report summarising workforce trends shows that the number of council-based adult social services jobs has fallen from 159,400 in 2011, the first year of comparable data, to 120,200 in 2015. This represents a reduction of 39,200 jobs, or 25% over the period. Focusing specifically on movement between 2014 and 2015, the number adult social care jobs in councils decreased by 8%. This is the fourth consecutive year in which numbers employed in social care have declined since 2011.