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Senior care worker Average UK Salary & Prospects

Senior care workers provide physical and emotional support to individuals and supervise teams of care assistants.

  • 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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Senior care workers typically work around 42 to 44 hours per week.

As a Senior care worker you will typically work on call.

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.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants,
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    22,307 GBP *
    per year
    15,500 GBP
    22,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Senior care worker

    Men make 14% more than Women
    20% of Senior care workers are men
    • 25,046 GBP
    • 21,558 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Senior care worker
    Average salary for full-time Senior care worker

    • 13,506 GBP
    • 13,502 GBP
    • 13,547 GBP
    • 22,307 GBP
    • 21,558 GBP
    • 25,046 GBP
    Pay over time for Senior care worker

    Pay 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 Senior 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

    Senior care worker - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

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

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 63% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
    • 21% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma
    • 9% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

    You could do a college course in care work, for example:

    • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
    • Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Senior care worker

    Social Care / Work

    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Senior care worker.
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people
    Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Senior care worker. Check that you know:
    Data base user interface and query software Microsoft Access
    Electronic mail software Microsoft Outlook
    Medical software AIG OASIS
    Operating system software Linux
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
    Improve your skills today

    Social Care / Work

    Things to highlight for your Senior care worker interview

    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. Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

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