Happiness in short supply among staff

A survey that placed social work at the bottom of the job
satisfaction league was doctored after the government raised
concerns about its effect on recruitment.

Social workers were initially placed 30th in the City and Guilds’
happiness index, with only 2 per cent saying they were very happy
with their job. The survey was publicised last week and it was
picked up by at least one national newspaper.

But the City and Guilds’ website shows only 29 professions, with
social work nowhere to be seen.

Community Care has learned that the profession was removed
following a Department of Health request.

Both the DoH and City and Guilds have since denied this. A City and
Guilds spokesperson said the omission of social workers was a
mistake. She said the survey also revealed that 62 per cent of
social workers found their job rewarding.

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