Social work is a valuable area for the community and looks to bring assistance to vulnerable facets of society such as children, the elderly and those with physical and learning disabilities. Jobs within the profession can cover fostering, healthcare and family advice, with local authorities in the UK proving to be the biggest employers of social workers. Recruitment agencies provide a necessary service to their clients as they are able to search and supply qualified, empathetic and flexible social workers for permanent, temporary and contract vacancies.
Though it is a career which is rewarding beyond financial gains, social work salaries usually mirror the national average although they can vary depending on specific job role. An entry-level social worker or recent graduate will usually start on a salary of between minimum wage and £20K, however experience and increased responsibilities can see workers earn around £30K. Senior jobs such as director or manager have the potential to earn a salary of £60K per annum. London usually offers the best job opportunities and salaries for social workers although the South East, Midlands and North West are also good locations to enter the field.
Whilst on the job training will be expected of candidates, social work qualifications such as degrees and diplomas are necessary before completing job applications. University courses are typically 2-3 years and are accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Employers and social work agencies will also demand that workers are registered with the General Social Care Council (GSCC). Other skills that should be featured on the CV of a social worker include the ability to work in a team, good time management and the capability to work unsociable hours.