National Statistics

Personal Social Services: staff of social services departments, England as at September 2014

An annual return that collects information on all staff, whether full or part-time, directly employed by social services departments. Some information is also collected on gender and ethnicity.


Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments, England as at September 2014


This report contains information on staff employed (directly and indirectly) by adult social services departments in England as at September 2014. It will be of interest to central government (for policy development, monitoring and workforce planning), local government (for benchmarking), lobbying organisations, academics and the general public. The report does not include information on staff employed in the independent sector (private and voluntary) or children’s social services departments which is published by the Department for Education.

This report has used data collected by the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) for the past four years (from 2011). The NMDS-SC is managed by Skills for Care (SfC) on behalf of the Department of Health and has been collecting information about social care providers and their staff since early 2006.

Before 2011 the data source used for this report was the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s ‘Personal Social Services Staff of Social Services Departments’ return (SSDS001). Following a user-wide consultation it was decided that the NMDS-SC would replace the SSDS001 from September 2011 as the adult social care workforce data return for councils.

The NMDS-SC data in this report are not directly comparable with data from the SSDS001 because the SSDS001 covered both adults and children’s services and this report focuses solely on adults. The adult job classifications are also very different between the two sources. Trends prior to 2011 are therefore not provided in this report.

Published 11 February 2015