Skills for Care has launched new monthly workforce trackers, offering adult social care employers an ongoing source for monitoring workforce trends.
The online tool also allows care providers, policy makers and individuals to monitor workforce national and regional trends.
The trackers use the organisation’s latest ‘Size and structure of the adult social care workforce in England’ data to follow key trends like vacancies, number of jobs, and days lost to sickness that can be charted on a monthly basis.
The tool can be filtered to view data for each region across England, and it provides a number of insights on the adult social care workforce, including charting the impact COVID-19 is having on the workforce.
Skills for Care said will continue to develop the new tracking tool in response to any further changes in policy and conditions for the social care workforce.
The data shows that before COVID-19, around 2.7% of days were lost to sickness nationally, but since COVID-19 this figure has risen to 5.3% – a 98% increase.
Nationally, vacancy rates are lower than they were pre-covid at a rate of 7.4%. Meanwhile, there has been a fall in jobs at care homes for older people.
Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smyth said: “Thanks to the continued support of thousands of social care employers who kept supplying their data to the Skills for Care Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set through the pandemic we are able to publish annual and now monthly analysis.
“The monthly workforce trackers provide those employers with an easy way to keep up-to-date with workforce data on a monthly basis and understand the impact of the pandemic on our colleagues who have done so much to support us, our families, friends and communities.”