Social Workers

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.


New workers

New workers start around £20,132. Normal pay is £37,102 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £53,398.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 84,654 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

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

What they do most days?

  • Participates in training and supervision.

  • Gives evidence in court.

  • Keeps case records, prepares reports and participates in team meetings.

  • Organises support and develops care plans to address service users’ needs.

  • Arranges for further counselling or assistance in the form of financial or material help.

  • Undertakes and writes up assessments to specified standards.

  • Interviews individuals and groups to assess and review the nature and extent of difficulties.

  • Liaises with other health and social care professionals and agencies to identify those in need and at risk within the local community.

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.

  • Social Work

  • Mental Health

  • Working With Children

  • Child Protection

  • Risk Analysis

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Family Support

  • Personal Care

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Trauma Care

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.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Planning

  • Teaching

  • Resilience

  • Leadership

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Empathy

  • Decision Making

  • English Language

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.