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650,000 job vacancies in social care sector by 2035 – DGHE can help you secure employment!

Mar 22, 2019 | General

Blog: 650,000 job vacancies in social care sector by 2035 – DGHE can help you secure employment!

Do you want to contribute to preserving independence, dignity and an individual’s quality of life? Senior care assistants, senior support workers and care navigators put the wellbeing of people at the heart of their daily working life. A recent report by the charity, Skills for Care revealed that that there will be 650,000 job vacancies within the social care sector in England by 2035.


In this article we are looking at the industry and how you could benefit from it.

Industry overview

The adult care sector alone grew by 21,200 organisations in 2017. The workforce is estimated at 1.6 million jobs in total, including 1.13 million full-time jobs. As a result, 90% of adult’s social care workers were employed on a permanent contract.

How is the workforce demographics changing?

At present, 82% of the workforce is female. The average age of a worker is 43 and 25% of them are over 55 years old. So, there is a strong likelihood that these workers will be retiring in the next couple of years.

What is the workforce forecast for 2035?

Research shows that the population of people aged 65 and over will increase from 10 Million in 2017 to 14.5 Million in 2035. Therefore, in 2035 England will lack 650,000 social workers. This development is a big challenge for the industry and workforce but also a chance for everybody who is interested in this field.

Which requirements do you need for that job?

A job in the health/social care sector requires a higher education qualification (e.g. a degree) that’s been proved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and be registered with the HCPC.

What is David Game Higher Education offering?

DGHE is offering the BTEC HND Healthcare Practice for England (Level 5), a two years course which is designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education. Progression opportunities include direct employment into the sector or access onto a one year Top-up degree [BA (Hons) Integrated Health & Social Care], also offered at the College in collaboration with Buckinghamshire New University.

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