IS THE QUALITY OF ADULT SOCIAL CARE DETERIORATING?
- 11 Apr
New data reveals that the quality of adult social care is deteriorating due to staff shortage.
The BBC analysed data collated by the charity "Skills for Care" and revealed that:
- In 2015-16, about 338,520 adult social care workers (equivalent to 928 people daily) left their job
- 60% of those who left stopped working in adult social care altogether
- The average full-time frontline care worker earned £14,800 per year which is £7.69 per hour
- One in four social care workers was employed on a zero hours contract
- About 1 in every 20 care worker role remained vacant
25 year old, Trudi Hewitt, who works at a care home in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, said:
"This is not the job I'm going to be doing for the rest of my career.
"I really care about the people I look after, but I just feel that the care sector is a dead end job.
"It's upsetting and disheartening when you find out that people earn more than you do in a supermarket just for stacking shelves."
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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