Social Worker

Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.


  • Participates in training and supervision.
  • Gives evidence in court.
  • Keeps case records, prepares reports and participates in team meetings.
  • Organises support and develops care plans to address service users.
  • Arranges for further counselling or assistance in the form of financial or material help.
  • Undertakes and writes up assessments to specified standards.
  • Interviews individuals and groups to assess and review the nature and extent of difficulties.
  • Liaises with other health and social care professionals and agencies to identify those in need and at risk within the local community.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 19% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for social worker is £32,393

1,774 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,774. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for social worker roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £32,393 per year. That is about £2,699 per month or £16.61 per hour. New workers generally start on £17,127, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £39,715

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,774 people are employed in the region.

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