Section 12: Current and future demands of social care workers for older people

Section 12:
The current and future demands on the care industry

[NOTE – perhaps this could be an infographic or something quite engaging, as a bit of a visual round up of trends / future challenges etc.?]

  • Longer life expectancy (due to better health care and healthier lifestyles) especially for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions is resulting in a greater demand for social care services.
  • The care industry is particularly affected by the ageing population.
  • The number of people aged 65 and over in England will increase by 65% from 8.2 million to 13.4 million between 2007 and 2032.
  • Malaysia is expected to become an aged nation in 2030. 15% of the total population will be those aged 60 years and older

How will care be delivered? And who will provide it?

  • Care for older people relies on both the unpaid care of families and other carers alongside publicly and privately funded social care services.
  • An ageing population and less reliance on informal care from family members due to various reasons have resulted in an increased demand for social care staff.
  • The number of paid adult social care jobs in 2025 could increase from the current 1.52 million to between 1.82 and 2.34 million; this is an increase of between 20% and 54% (Size and Structure of the Adult Social Care Sector and Workforce in England 2014)

Key challenges for the care sector

  • New workers are required to keep up with the increasing demand
  • Vacancy rates are high
  • Staff retention is poor – stretching the numbers of workers required to keep up with demand, even further