Social workers: take our survey on what you look for in a job

Community Care is conducting research to identify what motivates social workers in their job search

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What motivates you when you are looking for a new job? Is it driven by the pay or are your motivations more about ensuring a better work-life balance?

Community Care has launched its annual survey designed to uncover what motivates and attracts social workers when job hunting.

Previous editions of the survey found social workers can be tempted by increased salaries, improved benefits and access to better technologies, but also highlighted the importance of management approaches and relationships.

Statistics from the Department of Education show that the number of full-time equivalent social workers leaving their jobs rose by almost 16% in the year ending 30th September 2018, to 4,490 compared with 3,880 in 2016-17.

The survey aims to better understand these motivations. All responses will be completely anonymous, and the survey will take no longer than five minutes to complete. Community Care will share the findings in a forthcoming report soon.

Take our short survey on what you look for in a job here.

4 Responses to Social workers: take our survey on what you look for in a job

  1. mark July 19, 2019 at 7:11 pm #

    I looked for a job where I actually felt valued again, and that I could make a positive contribution. As frontline social work didn’t do that I left and then found a great job! Bliss nice to feel valued again and not have so much emotional strain.

    • Uzume July 23, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

      What did you go into post SW? I’m currently considering my options 🙁

    • Amin July 28, 2019 at 5:28 pm #

      I look for job where my managers, are trusted. If manager are trusted they will in turn trust you and able to support you through your cases. We have too many `lying ‘ managers unfortunately. Managers who trust you will try to keep you by supporting your development, growth and progress.

  2. T. P Nkosi July 19, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

    Social workers leave their current jobs,due to salaries. They are over worked, there is not much care and support and because of low salaries they are unable to have their own therapist. They end up getting burnout and loose passion in social work. Personally when I choose this carrier I really wanted to have positive impact in people, however one needs a salary to survive. We study for many years, struggling to pay tuation fees. Even after you graduated you still syugle to provide for your basic needs.