Care worker or home carer

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.

Tasks

  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 18% 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

£18,034

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for care worker or home carer is £18,034

23,488 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 23,488. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for care worker or home carer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £18,034 per year. That is about £1,503 per month or £9.25 per hour. New workers generally start on £14,893, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £26,166

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, 23,488 people are employed in the region.

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