To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of adult social care workers required in England in the next ten years; what is the current shortfall in the number of adult social care workers in England; and what action they are taking to address that shortfall.
Skills for Care publishes data on the adult social care workforce. They estimate that 8% of roles in the adult social care sector remained vacant in 2017/18, this gives an average of approximately 110,000 vacancies at any one time. Projections show the number of adult social care jobs required will increase by 40% (650,000 jobs) to around 2.55 million jobs by 2035.
The Government is aware that our challenge, working alongside our partners in the adult social care sector, is to ensure the workforce has the right number of people to meet increasing demands, with the right skills, knowledge and values to deliver quality, compassionate care. We are looking to address the broader challenges around staff recruitment and retention in the social care market, and consulted on this issue earlier on the year. The evidence provided in the consultation responses will inform our Green Paper on the future of adult social care, with a strategy for its workforce, later this year.
In addition, the Department has announced the launch of a new adult social care recruitment campaign this autumn. This will raise the profile of the sector and help build awareness of the rich variety of roles careers on offer and attract the right people, with the right values, to deliver the very best care.