Retention and its relationship to age, gender and experience

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Corporate author(s)
Skills for Care (Organization)
Skills for Care
Date of publication
1 July 2008
NMDS-SC briefing; 6
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This briefing from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care concerns retention of the social care workforce and its relationship to age, gender and experience. Previous NMDS-SC Briefings have shown that there are relatively high staff turnover rates in some parts of the sector. This lack of continuity of care can contribute to service users not receiving the quality of service they deserve and require. This edition looks in more detail at issues that affect workers’ length of service in the sector as a whole and the length of time in their current roles. The key findings of the briefing include: senior level staff are more likely to have been in the sector and in their current role for longer than workers in other job roles; full time and part time staff have similar lengths of time in social care and in their current job roles; women are more likely to have over ten years experience within the sector; and staff with the most experience in the sector are also better qualified.

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