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Residential support worker Average UK Salary & Prospects

Residential support workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children or vulnerable adults in care.

  • Communicate with other staff to resolve problems with individual students.
  • Observe students to detect and report unusual behavior.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate residence hall staff, including resident assistants, participants in work-study programs, and other student workers.
  • Provide emergency first aid and summon medical assistance when necessary.
  • Make
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Residential support workers typically work around 41 to 43 hours per week.

As a Residential support worker you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Social— Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Enterprising— Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
34,884 GBP *
per year
17,000 GBP
27,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Residential support worker

Men make 3% more than Women
22% of Residential support workers are men
  • 35,841 GBP
  • 34,590 GBP
Average salary for part-time Residential support worker
Average salary for full-time Residential support worker

  • 21,108 GBP
  • 21,230 GBP
  • 20,441 GBP
  • 34,884 GBP
  • 34,590 GBP
  • 35,841 GBP
Pay over time for Residential support worker

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 36,488 GBP

Future outlook for Residential support workers

Very good outlook
115 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
2% yearly wage growth (on average)
Very good outlook
25% chance of automation in the future

Residential support worker - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

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

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 50% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree
  • 31% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 7% of people in this role do not have GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • a desire to help people
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Residential support worker

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Things to highlight for your Residential support worker interview

Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Independence Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

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