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Skills for Care ‘Size and structure’ report: SCIE response

12 July 2023

The annual Skills for Care Size and Structure of the Adult Social Care Sector and Workforce in England report has found that the number of filled posts – roles with a person working in them – increased by around 1% (20,000) between April 2022 and March 2023. The previous year, the number of filled posts fell for the first time on record, by around 4% (60,000).

SCIE’s Chief Executive, Kathryn Smith, says:

Although the Skills for Care workforce report shows some positive in-year changes in workforce numbers and reduced vacancies, it is important to step back and consider the overall trends in recruitment and retention. These trends show a social care sector continuing to struggle with a recruitment and retention crisis, one that international recruitment cannot on its own fix. We still require a long-term workforce plan for the sector, one that addresses care workers’ pay, their working conditions and skills development.

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