Search skillsforcare.org.uk


Making a difference with data

Throughout October we’re shining our spotlight on how #DataDrivesChange, and saying thank you to more than 20,000 organisations who provide their insights through our Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS).

Data plays an important role in making decisions and driving positive change. Having accurate data about the adult social care sector and workforce is vital in supporting decision makers to create policies which make social care better for the people who work in the sector and the people who draw on care and support.

ASC-WDS is one of the most comprehensive sources of data about the adult social care sector and workforce. It’s used by the Government and other key stakeholders to make important decisions and shape policy for the social care sector. By contributing your data, you can influence this.

Ƶ uses this data to create our annual workforce reports, including our ‘State of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’ report which will be published this month.

As well as contributing to sector decisions, by using ASC-WDS employers can safely store their staff records to support with workforce planning, recruitment and retention, learning and development, funding and more. Using ASC-WDS also allows you to benchmark your organisation to other similar organisations.

Our #DataDrivesChange spotlight will include resources and information about how you can use ASC-WDS to benefit your organisation and contribute to important decisions and discussions about the social care sector.

Don't miss a thing

Stay updated with our #DataDrivesChange campaign by keeping an eye on this page and following us on , , , as well as our regular newsletters and communications.

We’ll be sharing blogs and articles including real-life case studies, as well as signposting to further resources, and other support.


Get involved

If you’re one of the 20,000 employers already using ASC-WDS to contribute your organisations data, download our social media images to shout about how you’re contributing to how #DataDrivesChange in adult social care.

Download the #DataDrivesChange social media images



Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set

The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) is a free online data collection service that covers the adult social care workforce in England. It has many benefits, including helping you to meet requirements for access to funding and exclusive discounts and offers on training. It can also be used as an easy place to store staff records and benchmark your service against others on metrics including pay and staff turnover.

Find out more


‘The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’ report 2023

We’ve published our annual report into the adult social care sector and workforce in England. Using data collected from ASC-WDS, it includes a comprehensive analysis of the latest data and workforce trends on topics including training and qualifications, recruitment and retention, workforce demographics and pay. Alongside the main report, we’ve published a breakdown of these topics at a local level.

View the report


Support with workforce planning

Workforce planning helps organisations to be more successful by ensuring they have the right people in place to meet the needs and future opportunities for your business. Looking outside of your own organisation using adult social workforce data is an important stage in workforce planning. Our resources can help you with every stage of the workforce planning process.

Find our resources


Recruitment support

Looking at data on areas such as local turnover rates or the demographic makeup of your workforce can be helpful in planning an effective recruitment approach. Our range of recruitment resources can help you with recruitment and retention informed by the insights you have gathered from looking at workforce data.

Find out more 



Blogs and articles