Social worker | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Social workers help to protect vulnerable children and adults from harm or abuse, and support people to live independently.

Your duties will vary, depending on whether you work with children, families or adults. You could:

  • offer information and counselling
  • put together support plans for clients
  • keep records and write reports
  • discuss your cases with your supervisors
  • support clients' safety and take appropriate action to protect them when necessary
  • work closely with communities,
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Social workers typically work around 37 to 40 hours per week.

As a Social worker 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
24,000 GBP
40,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Social worker

  • 37,298 GBP
  • 36,219 GBP
Average salary for part-time Social worker
Average salary for full-time Social worker

  • 20,592 GBP
  • 20,664 GBP
  • 19,931 GBP
  • 36,488 GBP
  • 36,219 GBP
  • 37,298 GBP
Salary over time for Social worker

Salary 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 workers

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 worker - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Social worker 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'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
  • knowledge of sociology and an understanding of society and culture
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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

Social Care

Things to highlight for your Social 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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