Mapping the Care Workforce: Supporting joined-up thinking

Secondary analysis of the Labour Force Survey for childcare and social work

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Format:
Paperback / softback, 84 pages, 297 mm x 210 mm
ISBN:
9780854736843
Published:
1 Apr 2003
Imprint:
Institute of Education

Price: £8.95

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As demand for care workers increases and supply decreases, it becomes crucial to know more about the body of paid workers that currently makes up this sector. The detailed Labour Force Survey statistics on gender, ethnicity, age, living and working arrangements and pay analysed within this study identify the workforce and the issues within the workforce that affect the recruitment and retention of care workers. The findings provide clear messages for policymakers, managers, trainers and practitioners. Two broad groups of care occupations - social care and childcare workers - constitute a substantial workforce: over a million workers in England alone, providing care in both the public and the private sector and for all ages, from babies to elderly people. These groups are compared with education and nursing workers, as well as with all women workers. The comparisons are used to explore the increasing competition between different job roles for the same staff and to recommend that policy makers look at cutting across today's boundaries and take a joined-up approach when considering the recruitment and retention of the care workforce.

  • Antonia Simon

    Thomas Coram Research Unit

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Charlie Owen

    Thomas Coram Research Unit

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Peter Moss

    Thomas Coram Research Unit

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Claire Cameron

    Thomas Coram Research Unit

    Institute of Education, University of London

1. Introduction
The problem with ‘care’
Objectives and scope
Defining the care workforce
Why take a joined-up approach?
2. Main findings
Occupations in the care workforce
The Labour Force Survey
Data findings
Social care workers
Childcare workers
Nursing workers
Education workers
High-percentage female jobs
All women workers
Comparisons
Within the ‘care workforce’: social care workers and childcare workers
Care Assistants/Attendants and Nursing Workers
Childcare workers and education workers
3. Critical evaluation
Industry
Comparing two approaches to defining the care workforce
Consequences of using SOC
Consequences of using SIC
Comparability to other data sources
Summary
4. Conclusions
Getting an overview
Recruitment and retention
Gender and care responsibilities
Ethnicity
Adequacy of the LFS coding
Gaps in current information
Who will do the caring in the future?
5. Summary of key points
Appendices
1 Technical note
2 SOC descriptions of social care and childcare workers: changes between 1990 and 2000
3 Data tables on the occupation groups
4 Data tables on the social and childcare workers by the regions of England