What happens after the clapping finishes: the pay terms and conditions we choose for our care workers

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Cominetti, Nye
Resolution Foundation
Date of publication
19 April 2020
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Employment, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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Despite social care being much less salient in people’s minds than the NHS, its workforce represents a significant part of overall public service employment (even though it is delivered largely via the private sector). There are approximately 900,000 people working in frontline care roles in the UK as their main job, and approximately one million in total if we add those doing care work as a second job, with other data suggesting higher numbers still. This is a predominantly female workforce (83 per cent of frontline care workers are women), with disproportionate BAME representation, and includes many who have caring responsibilities of their own (one-third are parents and one-in-seven are single parents, for example).

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