A job worth caring about - Stuart Bryce

(Social Care Wales)

A Question of Care: A Career for YOU?

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Making care your career

Do you have great communication skills and a commitment to help people in your community? Then a career in Care could be for you.

Jobs in Care include: Care and Home Care Worker, Counsellor, Housing Officer, Nursery Nurse, Playworker, Probation Officer, Psychologist, Social Worker, Youth Worker and more…

With a 33% increase in the numbers of people over 65 by 2030, demand for care will increase. (Institute of Public Policy Research, 2016)

The UK is likely to need to recruit and train 1.6 million health and social care workers by 2020, to replace people leaving and meet increased demand. (Institute of Public Policy Research, 2016)

Around 5,250 Social
Workers are employed
across Wales
(Social Care
Wales, 2018)

In Wales around 22,000
job openings for Care Workers
and Home Carers 
are predicted
between 2014 and 2024
(Working Futures, 2014-2024)

Nearly 3,400
jobs were advertised    online in Wales for      Care Workers and        Home Carers in        the last 12 months

(Labour Insights,

that's over 1 in 5

people who work in care
within Wales, work for
local authorities


people in Wales
are working with
young children
in early years and
playwork jobs

(Learning Skills &
Innovation Partnership,


 Nearly1 in 12 of the total workforce in Wales work in Care.
(NOMIS BRES, 2016)







Wales needs more...


 Senior Care Workers,Playworkers,
Childminders and related occupations, Housing Officers,Welfare and Housing Associate Professionals,  Care Workers and Home Carers,Youth and Community Workers, Houseparents and Residential Wardens, Nursery Nurses and Assistants,
 Residential, Day and Home Care Managers, Social Workers

Employment Hotspots

(Employment demand by local authority area)

Of all jobs in the Vale of Glamorgan, 1 in 5 people are working in the care industry. (NOMIS BRES, 2016)



Over 12% of
registered Care Home
Managers are aged over 60.
(Public Policy Institute for Wales, 2015).
This means that the care sector is likely to need Care Home Managers in the future due to retirement.

In the last 12 months there were 500 jobsadvertised online for Residential, Day and Home Care Managers.
(Labour Insights, 2017)



Rhondda, Cynon Taf


Vale of Glamorgan














Neath Port Talbot


















Blaenau Gwent




Merthyr Tydfil


(NOMIS BRES, 2016)

Meet the Employers

These are some of the care employers in Wales:

Larger care home providers in Wales

HC-One Ltd

BUPA Group

Hafod Care Association Ltd


Grwp Gofal Cymru

Grwp Gwalia

Barchester Healthcare Homes Ltd

FC Ltd

Bansal, Ashok

Four Seasons (Bamford) Ltd

Parkcare Homes Ltd

Pendine Park Care Organisation

Leyton Healthcare (No 11) Ltd

Forest Gate Healthcare Ltd

Plas Newydd Care Ltd

(Public Policy Institute for Wales, 2015)


 of the home / domicilliary care workers in Wales are employed by Care Agencies and other independent companies.
(Welsh Government,2016)

1/4 of organisations in the
Third Sector (including charities and independent non-government organisations) offer services in health and social
care (WCVA, 2016). This
makes them a
significant employer
for care jobs.

What can I earn?

Salaries can vary depending on your experience, the employer and where you live. Higher salaries can be awarded for more senior positions. Salaries also vary for self-employed workers.

Job Salary range dependent on experience (£)

£11,500 - £19,000

£13,000 - £22,000

£13,000 - £25,000

£13,000 - £21,000

£14,000 - £22,000

£14,500 - £22,500

£15,000 - £23,000

£15,000 - £25,000

£16,500 - £27,000

£16,500 - £27,000

£18,000 - £28,500

£18,500 - £24,500

£18,500 - £28,000

£19,000 - £31,000

£19,500 - £40,000

£20,000 - £30,000

£20,000 - £33,000

£21,000 - £32,000

£21,000 - £36,000

£21,000 - £40,500

£21,000 - £52,000

£24,000 - £36,000

£25,000 - £40,000

£25,000 - £50,000

(CASCAID, 2015)

Getting in

The types of courses you can do vary depending on the job. Here are some of the courses you can do:

Care Work
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services

  • Level 2 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development QCF
  • Level 2 EDEXCEL BTEC First Diploma Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • CACHE Level 2 Diploma in Childcare and Education (NQF)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • Cache Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 National Certificate/Diploma Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • BA Early Years Education and Practice (with Early Years Practitioner status)
  • Foundation Degree Early Years Education and Practice (with Early Years Practitioner status)
  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (with Early Years Practitioner status) 

How about applying for an Apprenticeship in Care? Care employers regularly recruit for Apprenticeships in Care.

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To work as a Nursery Nurse/Practitioner or Flying Start Worker/practitioner you would need at least the Level 3 qualification.

As a Flying Start leader you would also need the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Management)

Over 25% of
psychology graduates
go on to do
postgraduate study.

(British Psychological
Society, 2017)

To set up as a registered Childminder you will need to get a unit of training called ‘Understand how to set up a homebased childcare service’. Other accepted qualifications include Certificate and Diploma in Childminding Practice, and Level 3 Diploma in Home Based Childcare. Find out more at PACEY (Professional Association for
Childcare and Early Years)

Introduction to Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2
Diploma in Counselling
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
MA in Counselling

CIH Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice
CIH Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Homeless People
CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing

To become a Chartered Psychologist your course must be accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Find British Psychological Society accredited courses

Examples of courses include:
BSc Psychology
BSc Sport and Psychology
MSc Health Psychology
DClinPsy Clinical Psychology

Social Work
BSc(Hons) Social Work
BA (Hons) Social Work

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Get networking!

Networking and word of mouth are particularly important in care. Get to know other people and businesses, face-to-face, and through social media. Build your network of contacts to sell yourself and your ideas.

Get experience!

Get as much work experience as you can. Lack of general work experience is one of the top 3 reasons employers give for not employing someone.

Skills in demand

Compassion is a key ingredient needed for working in a care job.

“The difficulty with care assistants is recruiting people who have the right values – they need to have compassion”
Care Home Provider (Public Policy
Institute for Wales, 2015)

Employers in care look for core skills which include:

• Communicating well with the people they support
• Counting medication accurately
• Using a computer
• Writing a care plan
• Team work
• Problem solving skills.
(Skills for Care, 2017)

Social workers need:

• Excellent communication skills
• Resilience - the ability to bounce back from   setbacks and to handle difficult situations
• Knowledge of law and policies relating to social work
• Maturity
• Flexibility
• Honesty
(Social Care Wales, 2017)


New in the sector

Increased need for care and support roles:
In 2014, the number of people in Wales aged 85 and over was 79,000.
By 2030 this number is projected to rise to 131,000, a projected increase of 66%.
((Welsh Government, 2014)
This will increase the demand for care and support roles.

The ability to work well with a range of organisations, and increased work in the community:

There will be closer working between local authorities, health, housing, and other organisations that provide care in the community like charities (Welsh Government, 2014). This is called integrated care. More jobs in communities may be advertised. Having the skills to work well with a variety of other organisations is important.

Dementia awareness, training and increased need for care and support:

Around 45,000 people In Wales are currently living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Society Cymru predict this number will rise to around 53,000 by 2021. (Alzheimer's Society, 2016).

Wales is likely to need to put more care and support in place. More dementia awareness and dementia care training may also be needed.

Do I need Welsh Language skills?

If you work in Wales, being able to speak and write in both Welsh and English can give you an advantage in the workplace.

In the care sector

of people in Wales in employment in human health and social work activities are able to speak Welsh.
(Census, 2011)

of employers in the care sector considered having Welsh language skills as important..
(Welsh Government, 2014)

of staff in the childcare sector have Welsh language skills.
(Welsh Government, 2014)

of childcare employers in Wales regard having staff with Welsh Language skills as important
(Welsh Government, 2014)

Welsh Government are committed to improve the use of Welsh language in care. This is part of focusing on people’s needs and and which language they prefer. “Work has been carried out with care homes who care for people with dementia to establish the number of residents who prefer to use Welsh and the number of staff who can speak Welsh.”
(More than just words, Welsh Government, 2016)

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