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Study reveals disparities in pay and conditions across social care workforce in WalesStudy reveals disparities in pay and conditions across social care workforce in Wales

A study by the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, University of South Wales, for the Welsh Government, has found that the social care workforce in Wales is impacted by high turnover and vacancy rates, with difficulties recruiting and retaining care workers. These difficulties were attributed to factors including:

  • competing roles outside of social care
  • perceived low status of social care as a valued career option
  • working hours
  • shift patterns

The report said social care has a low paid workforce that can result in care workers facing financial difficulties.

There is variation in pay between the three social care sectors (i.e. local authorities, the independent sector and the third sector) and the NHS. Local authorities appear to pay more and offer favourable terms and conditions.

Review of Evidence of Variation in Terms and Conditions for Social Care Employment Contracts in Wales by Sarah Wallace, Tony Garthwaite and Mark Llewellyn Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, University of South Wales.


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