Social care

Social services manager

Social services managers plan and coordinate the health, welfare and social care support provided by local authorities and charities.

Annual Salary

£35,000 to £75,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

Future employment

There will be 4% more Social services manager jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • developing strategies and policies
  • managing a team of senior staff
  • planning staff and resource requirements
  • managing finances and controlling budgets
  • monitoring and improving service provision
  • managing changes to services and how they’re provided
  • analysing service data to identify areas for improvement and for reports
  • working closely with other agencies
  • supporting the professional development of your management team
  • negotiating contracts and buying in services from outside providers

You’ll need:

  • several years management experience
  • a degree and professional qualifications relevant to the service you want to work for, like in social work or mental health
  • clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

You may also need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) depending on the job.

A driving licence will be useful.

Employers will expect you to have a clear understanding of legislation, safety standards and social policy for your chosen field.

Think Care Careers has more information about becoming a social services manager.

£35,000 to £75,000

Starter salary: £37,000 to £50,000

Experienced salary: £55,000 to £70,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week.

You’ll be based in an office but travel between sites for meetings with social services teams and partner organisations.

With experience, you could specialise in a particular area, like mental health or children’s services.

You could also become a head of service, chief executive, assistant director or director of social services.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • leadership and motivational skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to manage relationships with partner agencies
  • IT skills
  • analytical skills 
  • project management skills
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