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Local authority social services staff numbers

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  • Release date: 3 November 2016
  • Period covered: Year ending 31 March 2016
  • Next update: November 2017
An annual report presenting data on part and full time staff, qualifications and Welsh speakers.

Key points

  • 21,840(r) staff were directly employed by social services departments, comprising just over 12,416(r) (57 per cent) part-time staff and 9,424(r) (43 per cent) full-time staff. 
  • There were 16,465(r) whole-time equivalent (WTE) directly employed staff at 31 March 2016. .
  • 12,630(r) (74 per cent) of relevant staff held a required or recommended qualification. 
  • 3,727 (17 per cent) of staff were Welsh speaking.  
(r) This Release was revised on 3rd November 2016 following data amendments submitted by a local authority.


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