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Hundreds of carers quit every day

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Hundreds of adult social care workers are leaving their jobs every day, according to new analysis.

The BBC analysis of Skills for Care data reveals that 338,520 adult social care workers left their roles in 2015-16, equivalent to 928 every day.

In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, Mike Padgham, chair of the UK Homecare Association, said: “My biggest fear is that we will soon run out of capacity to provide care to those who cannot fund themselves.

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“I agree wholeheartedly with Age UK’s warning that the social care system will begin to collapse this year, but I would go further and say that the system has already begun to collapse.”

The data shows that more than 1.3m people were employed in adult social care in 2015-16.

The average worker earned £7.69 an hour, or £14,800 a year, with one in four on a zero hours contract.

Of those quitting, 60% left the sector altogether, leaving an estimated shortfall of 84,320 workers , with one in 20 roles vacant.

Sector staff turnover stood at 27%, nearly twice the average of other professions in the UK.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “Social care jobs have increased at an average of 3% a year since 2010, but we want to see improvements in turnover rates, with talented staff attracted to a robust sector backed by an additional £2bn over the next three years.

“Meanwhile, we’re investing in the workforce of the future, with a total of 87,800 apprentices starting last year – up 37,300 compared to 2010.”

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