The European Year of Active Ageing 2012 aims to promote the quality of life and well-being of the European population, especially older people, and to promote solidarity between the generations. This report highlights the need for promoting active ageing in the workforce.
Information collated to provide an overview of the supply and demand of social workers over the next three to five years. It considers the key factors influencing the estimation of future need of the social worker profession and gives an assessment of the current workforce supply.
It includes regional perspectives and a summary analysis of risks in training. This report builds upon the Workforce Risks and Opportunities: Adult social care report (CfWI, 2011) to bring social work workforce intelligence into one report.
Key points from the report include:
* the high level of workforce growth which was seen in the sector between the mid-90s and 2005/6 has slowed for the second year running with the social services workforce growing by around 1,000 people, representing 0.5% growth
* the private sector employed an extra 2,000 staff increasing its overall share and making it the largest employer in the sector with 40% of the workforce
* the public sector employs 34% of the total social care workforce
* 69.5% of the private workforce is employed in care homes for adults.