Economic Survey Identifies Strength of Northern Ireland’s Adult Social Care Sector

7 February 2017

 Economic Survey Identifies Strength of Northern Ireland’s Adult Social Care Sector

A recent study published by Ulster University Economic Policy Centre into the Economic Value of the Adult Social Care Sector in Northern Ireland demonstrates the significant contribution of the sector towards the NI Economy. Adult social care directly provides 41,000 jobs - 5% of total employment in NI - and generates £800 million in annual turnover.

Commissioned by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, Bryson Care, Cedar Foundation and Inspire (Niamh), the study confirms the valuable contribution the Adult Social Care sector makes to the NI economy and wider society. In addition to directly employing over 41,000 people, adult social care supports employment for over 100,000 people and produces £821m in Gross Value Added for the local economy.

NISCC Chief Executive, Colum Conway said:
“This report has demonstrated the significant contribution already being made by the Adult Social Care sector towards the Northern Ireland economy and within our communities. It predicts that the sector will be required to grow by around 20% to meet emerging demand for services in line with anticipated increases in the number of people aged over 65 within the next decade.”

“Currently 3% of the adult population (46,272 people) is supported by adult social care services across Northern Ireland. Adult social care will underpin the transformation of health and social care services needed to promote well-being and reduce reliance on health services. We are committed to supporting the sector to recruit, develop and upskill the workforce. In the years ahead, and across all communities, the impact of the adult social care sector will extend beyond health and social care and into the economic and social fabric of Northern Ireland.”

Read the full report here - Assessing the Economic Value of the Adult Social Care Sector
in Northern Ireland

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