Curtis, L.A. and Moriarty, J. and Netten, A.P. (2009) The expected working life of a social worker. British Journal of Social Work, Published online 1 April 2009 . ISSN 0045-3102.
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This article reports on an innovative way to measure the expected working life of social workers and social care professionals using a methodology already developed in studies of health care professionals. Previous work has estimated that the expected working life of a doctor is 25 years compared with 15 years for nurses and 28 years for pharmacists. In this work an estimate of the number of years a social worker uses his or her qualification is provided. It appears that at eight years and 13 years, the expected working life of a social worker and social care worker is shorter than these health care professionals and that gender differences are less apparent. It suggests that there is some evidence of exit to other professions and concludes that further research is needed to identify its extent and some of the underlying reasons why this should be the case.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||Social workers, social care professionals, workforce, working lives, recruitment and retention|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit|
|Depositing User:||Rosalyn Bass|
|Date Deposited:||27 Nov 2009 13:55|
|Last Modified:||03 Mar 2010 11:09|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/20516 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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