Unfair to care

Community Integrated Care – one of Britain’s biggest social care charities – has developed Unfair To Care, a ground-breaking report on the social care workforce crisis. Unfair To Care provides in-depth evidence that frontline carers receive an unjust deal in comparison to other public funded industries and breaks the stereotype that social care is a ‘low-skilled’ sector. Working with Korn Ferry, the global experts in job evaluation, the charity has led the first ever independent analysis of the frontline Support Worker role – objectively assessing its true value across sectors.

This landmark research indicates many social care workers would be paid up to 39% more – an additional £7,000 – if they worked in other public funded sectors. With the role matching or exceeding the level of skill and accountability as professions such as healthcare assistants, police community support officers, and senior teaching assistants, the roots of the workforce crisis are laid bare. Read the report to find out more about the impact this injustice has on society and to see how change can be delivered with fair pay and a workforce strategy for the sector.

5 Key Facts From The Report
  • 39%

    Many Support Workers would be paid up to 39% more if they held equivalent roles within other public funded sectors (up to 42% in the NHS).

  • £7,000

    That equates to many Support Workers having a £7,000 pay gap compared to their peers in other public funded sectors.

  • 34%

    The sector loses 34% of its workforce every year. The issue of low pay is at the heart of the crisis affecting social care.

  • £46bn

    Social care contributes £46bn to the national economy annually.

  • 1.65m jobs

    Every year, social care creates 1.65m jobs, which each contribute to their local economy.

Read the summary report

‘Unfair To Care’ provides a ground-breaking analysis of fair pay for frontline social care workers.

Read the in-depth report

The full ‘Unfair To Care’ report provides an in-depth analysis, including:-

  • The roots of the crisis
  • The real-life impact on social care workers, people who access support, and society
  • The routes for the Government and policy makers to fix this injustice




We are calling on the Government to:

  • Provide an immediate and fair pay rise to all frontline social care workers
  • Urgently deliver a system of fair and objective pay benchmarks and bandings for all social care roles
  • Create a wider workforce strategy to make social care a viable, respected, and sustainable career in the longer-term

4 ways you can support

1. Email your MP

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3. Tweet your MP

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4. Download our media pack

For all media enquiries relating to the campaign please email unfairtocare@c-i-c.co.uk or call 07946 471037 / 07986 424539

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About Community Integrated Care

Community Integrated Care is one of Britain’s biggest and most successful social care charities. We support thousands of people across England and Scotland who have care and support needs, such as learning disabilities, mental health concerns, autism, dementia and acquired brain injuries, to lead The Best Life Possible. We are proud to have been recognised for our impact and innovation as the Charity Times ‘Charity of the Year’, and at sector honours such as the Skills for Care Accolades, National Care Awards and Great British Care Awards.

We believe that social care is the backbone of society. It is underfunded, under-appreciated and needs progressive reform to ensure fair pay for colleagues and fair care for all. That’s why our national strategy, ‘We Dare’, makes an absolute commitment to championing the sector – our colleagues, communities and the people we support. We are determined to fight for this cause with partners across the sector and society to ensure that it can be fair to care.

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