Fast Facts

Size and characteristics, 2011

  Headcount Percentage
Paid Workforce Headcount 732,000
Full-time equivalent 583,000
Employment status Full-time 440,000 60%
Part-time 292,000 40%
Gender Female 501,000 68%
Male 231,000 32%
Type of contract Permanent 625,000 89%
Temporary 76,000 11%
Type of industry Social work without accommodation 297,000 41%
Residential care activities 110,000 19%
Education 81,000 18%
Occupation Care assistants and home carers 61,000 21%
Housing and welfare officers 37,000 7%
Size of workplace Less than 10 employees 223,000 32%
Less than 25 employees 373,000 53%
Less than 50 employees 582,000 68%
Disability All disabled 131,000 18%
Not disabled 602,000 82%
Highest qualification Degree or higher 277,000 38%
A-levels or equivalent 525,000 72%
No qualification 27,000 4%

Training and development, 2011

  Percentage
Training plan in place 55%
Training budget in place 56%
Formal Assessment of training 68%
Source: UKCES

Volunteering, 2012/13

  Percentage
Formal volunteering at least once a month 29%
at least once a year 44%
Source: Community Life Survey