Youth and community workers


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)


Youth and community workers provide support to individuals or groups of individuals through a range of activities or services that aim to encourage participation in social and community life and promote personal and social development.


There are no formal academic entry requirements though a minimum age for appointment between 18 and 21 normally applies. Most qualified youth workers possess an accredited diploma in higher education or postgraduate diploma in youth and community work. A majority of qualifying courses are for people aged over 21 years of age. Background checks including a CRB check are likely to be required.

Typical tasks

  • organises social, recreational and educational activities in local community and youth groups;
  • undertakes the day-to-day running of community centres and supervises the activities of part-time and voluntary workers;
  • liaises and supports voluntary workers running groups in village halls, churches, mosques and other places of worship;
  • advises individuals with particular needs or problems through informal discussion, individual counselling or formal group discussion;
  • helps set up credit unions, encourages parents to establish playgroups, works with other groups to find solutions to shared concerns or problems.

Common job titles

Assessor, care, community
Manager, team (community care)
Officer, inclusion, social
Worker, education, community
Worker, resource
Worker, outreach, community
Warden, centre, community
Worker, arts, community
Officer, neighbourhood
Officer, relations, community
Coordinator, schools, extended (educational establishments)
Coordinator, projects (community, youth work)
Worker, development, community
Coordinator, project, youth
Coordinator, project, community
Officer, youth
Warden (youth club)
Worker, parochial
Officer, behaviour, anti-social
Leader, club
Organiser, youth
Worker, parish
Worker, development, youth
Worker, support, family
Officer, development, community
Worker, centre, family
Ranger, play, senior
Worker, community
Leader, youth
Coordinator, education and community
Worker, support, youth
Officer, community
Worker, youth and community
Coordinator, project (community, youth work)
Leader, team, district (local government: youth service)
Officer, engagement, community
Manager, service, youth
Warden, club, youth
Worker, outreach
Worker, youth
Officer, involvement, community

Education background

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