Adult Social Care - a Major Contributor to the Northern Ireland Economy

10 April 2017

Adult Social Care - a Major Contributor to the Northern Ireland Economy

Recent research has shown that Adult Social Care is a growing employment sector, with over 900 registered services currently providing 41,000 jobs across residential care homes, nursing homes, domiciliary care and day care settings.

Currently this sector accounts for 5% of total employment in NI - a greater proportion of total NI employment than sectors such as Finance, Professional Services, Transportation, ICT and Real Estate etc.

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 - directly providing 41,000 jobs - 5% of total employment in NI - and generating £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.

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

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