Care workers and home carers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. In most cases workers will be required to register with the appropriate statutory body which involves satisfying the registration criteria. This would normally include holding or working towards the appropriate qualification for the job. Entrants must typically be 18 years old and have experience of working in a care environment. Both off- and on-the-job training is available. A wide range of qualifications including NVQs/SVQs covering various aspects of care are available. Background checks including a CRB check are likely to be required.

Typical tasks

  • assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe;
  • serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required;
  • generally assists with service users’ overall comfort and well being;
  • provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user;
  • helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits;
  • undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required;
  • monitors service users’ conditions by taking temperature, pulse, respiration and weight, and contributes to record keeping;
  • liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.

Common job titles

Worker, support, carers
Carer, personal
Visitor, care
Attendant, night (old people's home)
Worker, support, rehabilitation
Worker, care, social, residential
Supervisor, care
Coordinator, activities (old people's home)
Assistant, general (old people's home)
Attendant (home for the disabled)
Enabler, care
Assistant, general (home for the disabled)
Orderly (nursing home)
Assistant, care, day
Worker, healthcare (welfare services)
Aide, care
Assistant, health, mental, community
Worker, healthcare (nursing home)
Worker, residential (welfare services)
Worker, social, resident
Assistant, support (welfare services)
Carer, domiciliary
Worker, care
Worker, support (welfare services)
Worker, support, health (nursing home)
Worker, care, residential
Sitter (welfare services)
Coordinator, activities (residential home)
Befriender (local government: social services)
Worker, support, community
Attendant, care
Worker, support, health, mental
Assistant, reablement (local government)
Aide, home
Attendant (old people's home)
Attendant, charge
Organiser, activity (nursing home)
Assistant, care
Worker, support, disabilities, learning
Careworker (welfare services)
Worker, reablement (local government)
Worker, social, residential
Carer (welfare services)
Assistant, care, health (nursing home)
Helper, people's, old
Worker, enablement
Worker, support, care, home
Worker, shelter (welfare services)
Carer, reablement (local government)
Worker, health, mental, community
Assistant, personal (welfare services)
Carer, home
Worker, support, night
Coordinator, activities (nursing home)
Aid, care
Assistant, care, domiciliary
Assistant, care, home
Therapist, hobby
Worker, care, community
Aid, home
Attendant, night (home for the disabled)
Officer, residential (welfare services)
Nurse, care
Organiser, activity (old people's home)
Attendant, invalid
Worker, support, home
Worker, support (nursing home)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.