Skills for Care
The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England 2021
This annual report – based on data provided by sector employers to the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) – reveals that on average, 6.8 per cent of roles in adult social care were vacant in 2020/21, which is equivalent to 105,000 vacancies being advertised on an average day. The vacancy rate in adult social care has been persistently high at above 6 per cent for the previous six years. The turnover rates across the sector remain high, at 28.5 per cent in 2020/21. This figure had decreased during the pandemic, but since March 2021 many employers report that retention is now more difficult than before the pandemic. The rate was higher for registered nurses at 38.2 per cent, much higher than for their counterparts in the NHS (8.8 per cent).
ReportThe value of adult social care in England
This report estimates that adult social care in England had a minimum total economic value in 2020/21 of £50.3 billion, made up of £25.6 billion of gross value added (GVA) and a further £12.6 billion of indirect and £12.1 billion of induced effects. The report analyses the wider societal value and monetises some of these benefits, including improved wellbeing of carers and employment opportunities for carers, which is calculated up to £1.3 billion and around £5.6 billion for working age adults. The report also argues that the best way to make adult social care sustainable in the long term is to move away from payment for adult social care processes to payment based on better outcomes for people who draw on care and support services.