£15,080 Average salary at age 20
£24,960 Average Salary
31 Average hours per week


Care workers and home carers attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs (‘service users’) within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.

Main Tasks

  • Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe;
  • Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required;
  • Generally assists with service users’ overall comfort and well being;
  • Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user;
  • Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits;
  • Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required;
  • Monitors service users’ conditions by taking temperature, pulse, respiration and weight, and contributes to record keeping;
  • Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. In most cases workers will be required to register with the appropriate statutory body which involves satisfying the registration criteria. This would normally include holding or working towards the appropriate qualification for the job. Entrants must typically be 18 years old and have experience of working in a care environment. Both off- and on-the-job training is available. A wide range of qualifications including NVQs/SVQs covering various aspects of care are available. Background checks including a CRB check are likely to be required.

What Care workers and home carers studied in higher education

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What Care workers and home carers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(L4) Social policy3
(W2) Design studies3
(L3) Sociology7
(C1) Biology3
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology21
(W1) Fine art2
(X9) Others in education1
(W3) Music1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies2
(L2) Politics1
(B7) Nursing5
(L9) Others in social studies1
(W4) Drama2
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine4
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(V5) Philosophy1
(M9) Others in law1
(N1) Business studies1
(X3) Academic studies in education5
(L5) Social work12
(X1) Training teachers1
(C6) Sport & exercise science3
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period1
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

893300 Workforce Size
5.40% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
114782 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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