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SOCIAL WORKERS NOW OUTNUMBER BUILDERS

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Britain now has more social workers than builders, according to an analysis of Central Statistical Office figures b...
Britain now has more social workers than builders, according to an analysis of Central Statistical Office figures by the Daily Mail (p12).

Social work has been the fastest growing profession since 1990, rising by almost a quarter to 974,000.

There is now one social worker for every 60 people, says the Mail.

In the same period the construction industry has lost a quarter of its workforce, leaving 830,000 in employment.

Transport and General Workers Union construction spokesman George Henderson estimates there are 500,000 building workers out of work, reports the Mail.

He said the growing number of social workers 'are probably looking after all the builders struggling to provide for their families when there is no work around.'

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