Social work roles and vacancies

Social work is a challenging but rewarding career through which you can make a real difference for children and families.

You will need to build relationships with families facing difficult times, show a lot of patience and be a good listener. You’ll also need good observational skills, analytical thinking and sound judgement to make the right decisions and protect children.

Social work regularly tests resilience, stamina and resolve – all of which you will need to succeed. But social work can be life changing for those you support and help.

Roles and salaries

  • Newly Qualified Social Worker (Grade 10)

£29,594 rising to £30,783 after 6 months with a further rise to £31,968 upon completion of your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (AYSE) and a further rise to £33,145 6 months later.

We will accelerate pay increments for Newly Qualified Social Workers, meaning you will go up two salary points in your first year.

  • Social Worker
    £29,594 to £38,612 (Grade 10–12)
  • Senior Social Worker
    £40,098 to £43,119 (Grade 13)
  • Professional Educator
    £40,098 to £43,119 (Grade 13)
  • Practice Manager
    £44,700 to £48,854 (LMG2)
  • Advanced Practitioner
    £44,700 to £48,854 (LMG2)
  • Operations Manager
    £50,321 to £54,990 (LMG3)
  • Principal Social Worker
    £56,648 to £61,903 (LMG4)

Our social workers help children and families across East Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove). We’re based in four offices located in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings and Lewes. Read more about the work we do and where you will work in locations and teams.

Our benefits package includes a golden hello and relocation costs for specific roles.

Qualifications and routes into employment

There are three routes into social work – a university course, postgraduate training or an apprenticeship – which all include on-the-job training. Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) will need to complete an assessed year of training following their qualification. Read about:

Search for job vacancies

List of children’s social work job vacancies

Looking for a different job working with children? See our vacancies in children’s services.

For advice on completing your application form and the interview process, see Help applying for jobs with the County Council.