Eight in 10 social care workers in Wales are satisfied with their jobs, a survey by the Care Council for Wales has found.
The poll of 800 workers in May found 80% were at least quite satisfied with their job and 25% very satisfied. The results are being released to coincide with Social Care Week just under way.
When asked what they most enjoyed about their jobs, answers commonly included the satisfaction of achieving results, helping young people succeed and the social interaction of day-to-day work with service users.
On the whole, respondents felt they worked in jobs where they were valued and appreciated.
Eight-five per cent said they were likely to remain in their current post. Of those who were considering moving jobs, 94% said they wanted to stay in social care.
Rhian Huws Williams, chief executive of the care council, said: “It is clear that one of the main motivational factors for these workers is the importance of carrying out a worthwhile job which they find rewarding and satisfying.
“These results will encourage people who are looking for work to consider social care as a career option. It is important that we attract as many good-quality people as possible to social care to ensure there is a large enough workforce to meet the anticipated increase in demand for care in future.”
Responses were received from 21% of the registered social care workers in Wales.
Meanwhile, of the 566 responses to this week’s poll on communitycare.co.uk, which asked whether social workers loved their jobs, only 50% said yes.
• Do you like your job? Join in the debate on CareSpace