A fall in jobs at care homes for older people has been revealed by Skills for Care in its latest workforce data.
In a new update on the adult social care workforce, Skills for Care said the number of jobs in care homes for older people remained broadly the same in 2020/21, however, there was evidence of the beginning of a decline in job numbers between March and June 2021.
Skills for Care said the total number of care home jobs remained broadly the same between 2019/20 and 2020/21 despite a fall in occupancy rates from 86% pre-COVID to 77% in March 2021.
Looking at longer term trends, Skills for Care said the workforce has continued to shift away from local authority jobs, noting a 24%, or 37,000 jobs decrease since 2012/13, towards independent sector jobs, up by 16%, or 180,000 jobs.
The number of jobs in domiciliary services increased at a faster rate between 2012/13 and 2020/21 (an increase of 135,000 jobs and 22%) than jobs in residential services (an increase of 25,000 jobs and 4%).
Registered nurses were one of the only jobs in adult social care to see a significant decrease over the period (down 17,000 or 33% since 2012/13).
The number of people working in adult social care was estimated at 1.54 million.
The number of adult social care jobs in England as at 2020/21 was estimated at 1.67 million – this has increased by around 2.7% (45,000 jobs) between 2019/20 and 2020/21.
The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs was estimated at 1.19 million.
An estimated 17,700 organisations were involved in providing or organising adult social care in England as at 2020/21. Those services were delivered in an estimated 39,000 establishments.