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Shrinking number of adult social care staff in councils, report finds
According to a report published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), the number of causal care staff employed by councils has fallen by 25 per cent over the past five years.
The report, entitled ‘Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments, England, as at September 2015’, found that the number of adult causal services jobs in local government has declined from 159,400 in 2011 to 120,200 in 2015.
The report claimed that restructuring was the main reason for the reduction in jobs, in addition to outsourcing redundancies.
Stephen Jobling, a statistician for the report, said: “Today’s report shows that the number of jobs in adult social services based in councils continues to fall. Compared to the previous year, almost half of councils saw a reduction of more than five per cent of social care jobs in 2015. For some councils though, the picture is somewhat different, with 27 councils seeing council-based jobs increase by more than five per cent.”
The report also revealed that the 82 per cent of adult social services jobs were carried out by female workers, a figure which has remain unchanged since 2011.