Care worker | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Care workers help vulnerable people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible.

  • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.
  • Bathe patients.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or
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Care workers typically work around 35 to 40 hours per week.

As a Care worker you will typically work evenings / weekends.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
22,307 GBP *
per year
12,500 GBP
25,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Care worker

  • 25,046 GBP
  • 21,558 GBP
Average salary for part-time Care worker
Average salary for full-time Care worker

  • 13,506 GBP
  • 13,502 GBP
  • 13,547 GBP
  • 22,307 GBP
  • 21,558 GBP
  • 25,046 GBP
Salary over time for Care worker

Salary for this role has increased over time
  • 18,729 GBP
  • 18,836 GBP
  • 18,929 GBP
  • 19,688 GBP
  • 20,785 GBP
  • 21,282 GBP
  • 22,307 GBP
  • 23,251 GBP

Future outlook for Care workers

Very good outlook
82 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
3% yearly wage growth (on average)
Balanced outlook
42% chance of automation in the future

Care worker - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Care worker and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 86% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
  • 10% of people in this role have do not have GCSEs or equivalent qualifications
  • 4% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

You could take a college course, which may help when you look for work. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care
  • Level 2 Diploma in Care

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Care worker

Social Care / Work

Things to highlight for your Care worker interview

Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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