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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.


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

Typical Education Level

Level 4-6

Social work is a regulated profession and practitioners must be registered with the appropriate statutory body. To register a social worker must satisfy the criteria for registration. Non-graduates must undertake a three-year degree in social work; graduates with relevant experience may take a two-year postgraduate diploma/Masters degree. Prior relevant work experience or relevant voluntary work is encouraged. Background checks including a CRB check are required.

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 £32,175

1,691 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,691. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

333 jobs

Job Postings

Over the past year, 333 jobs have been posted for social worker roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £32,175 per year. That is about £2,681 per month or £16.50 per hour. New workers generally start on £20,963, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £42,491

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, 1,691 people are employed in the region.

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