Social Services Manager or Director

Social services managers and directors plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources necessary to protect the welfare of certain groups within local authorities including children and young people, families under stress, people with disabilities, elderly people and people needing help as a result of illness.


  • Liaises with representatives of other relevant agencies.
  • Studies and advises upon changes in legislation that will impact upon social service provision.
  • Monitors and evaluates departmental performance with a view to improving social service provision.
  • Plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities of social services staff.
  • Etermines staffing, financial, material and other short and long-term needs.
  • Provides leadership and management to ensure services are delivered in accordance with statutory requirements and in line with the local authority social services department.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 17% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for social services manager or director is £34,445

1,012 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,012. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for social services manager or director roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £34,445 per year. That is about £2,870 per month or £17.66 per hour. New workers generally start on £17,888, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £66,872

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,012 people are employed in the region.

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