Lifer or locum, get your voice heard in our survey

Take part in Community Care's 2016 questionnaire into jobs and recruitment

Community Care has launched a major survey into social work recruitment and retention, which continues to be one of the biggest issues the sector faces.

Are you a lifer or a locum? What keeps you in your job, or makes you want to kiss goodbye to it? How do you feel about the profession and its future?

We want to hear from you, in confidence, so we can better understand our readers’ challenges and motivations around their employment.

Our survey results will feed into an in-depth study examining key issues such as social workers’ preferences for agency or permanent work, what you think of your current employer, the things that might tempt you into looking for a new role and what employers could do to make you want to stay in it for the longer term.

Social workers have until 7 August to complete our online questionnaire and share their views. We will be publishing analysis of the survey results on


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