More male homecare workers needed in the sector

More male homecare workers are required in the sector, says a Welsh council.

Powys County Council is looking to boost the number of homecare workers working in the sector in the county.

Women accounted for 83% of social workers working in social services departments in Wales last year, according to figures from Social Care Wales.

Across the border, women made up 84% of the domiciliary care workforce in 2017/18, according to the Skills for Care The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, report.

‘Homecare workers carry out a vital role in supporting people to continue living in their own homes – a philosophy which is at the heart of the county’s Health and Care Strategy,’ the council said. ‘However, with the increasing demand on services generated by an ageing population, this is putting pressure on maintaining a sustainable service.’

In 2018, The Department of Health and Social Care warned that if the supply of EU care workers decreases significantly following Brexit, women could be forced to quit their jobs to look after ill or ageing relatives.

Councillor Stephen Hayes, cabinet member for adult services, added: ‘I have seen time and time again the difference that homecare workers make to people’s lives, enabling them to carry on life in their own homes, in their own communities.’

‘However,’ Hayes continued, ‘the sector needs more care workers – not just working for us but for external agencies too so that we can continue to meet the increasing demand for home care. I should add, though, that while we are particularly looking to boost the male workforce, we are also looking for more female care workers within Powys.’