Care Workers and Home Carers

Care workers and home carers attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs (‘service users’) within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.


New workers
£ 6,244
£ 16,385
£ 26,846

Available jobs

In the past year there were 795,467 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.

  • Monitors service users.

  • Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.

  • Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.

  • Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.

  • Generally assists with service users.

  • Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required.

  • Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Personal Care

  • Companionship

  • Mental Health

  • Medication Administration

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Cooking

  • Meal Planning And Preparation

  • Home Health Care

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Nursing

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communications

  • Management

  • Compassion

  • Teaching

  • Teamwork

  • Empathy

  • English Language

  • Planning

  • Enthusiasm

  • Resilience

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.