Care workers make up around 895,000 of the 1.67 million jobs in the social care sector.
Average care worker pay in the independent sector in 2020/21 was £9.29 an hour, an increase of 5.7% in real terms year on year, while care workers employed by local authorities earned on average £10.77 an hour.
Senior care workers earned £10.00 an hour. By comparison, a registered manager received £16.47 and a registered nurse £17.48.
Source: Social Care 360 – The Kings Fund