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Social work assistant Average UK Salary & Prospects

Social work assistants give advice, guidance and support to help people with their physical, emotional and social needs.

  • Assess clients' cognitive abilities and physical and emotional needs to determine appropriate interventions.
  • Develop and implement behavioral management and care plans for clients.
  • Keep records or prepare reports for owner or management concerning visits with clients.
  • Visit individuals in homes or attend group meetings to provide information on agency
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Social work assistants typically work around 37 to 40 hours per week.

As a Social work assistant you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
36,488 GBP *
per year
12,500 GBP
25,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Social work assistant

Men make 3% more than Women
22% of Social work assistants are men
  • 37,298 GBP
  • 36,219 GBP
Average salary for part-time Social work assistant
Average salary for full-time Social work assistant

  • 20,592 GBP
  • 20,664 GBP
  • 19,931 GBP
  • 36,488 GBP
  • 36,219 GBP
  • 37,298 GBP
Pay over time for Social work assistant

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 31,910 GBP
  • 32,351 GBP
  • 33,030 GBP
  • 34,046 GBP
  • 34,383 GBP
  • 34,884 GBP
  • 36,488 GBP
  • 38,022 GBP

Future outlook for Social work assistants

Very good outlook
115 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
3% yearly wage growth (on average)
Very good outlook
25% chance of automation in the future

Social work assistant - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

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

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 47% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
  • 31% of people in this role have do not have GCSEs or equivalent qualifications
  • 19% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

You can do a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, which may help when you look for work.

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • active listening 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 Social work assistant

Social Care / Work

Things to highlight for your Social work assistant 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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