More adult care workers needed in the South

There is a shortage of adult social care workers, across the UK and particularly in the South. And with an ageing population, demand will only be increasing – making it a spiritually rewarding and stable career choice.

This week,Caroline Dinenage MP, Minster of State for Care, gave a presentation at Solent University, backing a DHSC campaign to recruit more care workers. You may have personal experience of caring for an elderly or disabled relative – this is as good training as any college course, after all.

The Minister was joined by speakers from ADASS, local providers, care workers and Southampton City Council representatives.

Karen Ward

Karen Ward, Care Manager, St James Care, Society of St James (pictured) said: “I feel it is important to promote care as a career as people seeking to have a rewarding career can come from all different kinds of backgrounds, as they may have transferable skills that they are able to bring to the job, either professionally or personally. They may have “lived experience” – family members, friends, or themselves, who have had different struggles in life where care and support was essential to keep them safe, dignified or independent.”

Skills for Care forecasts have shown that if the adult social care workforce is to grow proportionally to the projected number of people aged 65 and over in the population between 2017 and 2035, an increase of 40% (650,000 jobs) would be required by 2035.

Fact file

According to Skills For Care, there are:

  • 1.47 million people working in social care in England.
  • 1.6 million jobs – amounting to 1.13 million full-time equivalent jobs.
  • 830,000 care workers, 88,000 senior care workers and 19,500 social workers.
  • 90% of the workforce were employed on permanent contracts.
  • 76% of adult social care jobs were providing direct care. Managerial and supervisory roles accounted for 7% of jobs, regulated professions accounted for 5% and ‘other’ accounted for 11% of jobs.

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