Study reveals social workers’ pay gap

Social workers’ pay trails that of prison officers, warehouse managers and environmental health officers, according to a report.

Social workers received, on average, £26,220 in 2005, up from £25,143 in 2004, according to the GMB union’s analysis of 340 occupational groups in the UK.

This put them in 124th place and contrasted with £26,373 for prison officers and £33,273 for social services managers.

The highest paid group was directors and chief executives of major organisations with £171,509.

They were followed by medical practitioners, with £81,744, and brokers, with £80,233.

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