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On this page you can find announcements about publication dates and updates about our work.

Publication of 2019 detailed workforce information

04 Sep 2020

We are pleased to announce that the detailed workforce information for 2019 was published on Friday 4th September 2020, available here.

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Publication of 2019 Workforce Data Report

27 Aug 2020

We are pleased to announce that Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2019 Workforce Data was published on 27 August 2020 (available here).

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Publication of the 2019 Mental Health Officers Report

13 Aug 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Mental Health Officers (Scotland) 2019 Report was published on Thursday 13th August 2020 (available here.)

For more information, please contact Zara Gall, Data Researcher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Announcement of publication date for the Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2019 Workforce Data

04 Aug 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Social Service Sector: Report on 2019 Workforce Data will be published on Thursday 27th August at 9.30am.

For more information, please contact James Arnold, Data Researcher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last year’s report is available on the site at: Scottish Social Service Sector: Report 2018 Workforce Data.

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Announcement of publication date for the Mental Health Officers (Scotland) Report 2019

16 Jul 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Mental Health Officers (Scotland) 2019 Report will be published on Thursday 13th August at 9.30am.

For more information, please contact Zara Gall, Data Researcher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Publication of Provisional Official Statistics

18 May 2020

The SSSC is pleased to announce our publication of provisional Official Statistics on the social service sector’s workforce at 9.30am on Monday 18th May 2020. 

We have taken the unusual step of publishing data provisionally (in advance of our main publication scheduled for August 2020) in order to support planning for the sector’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is in line with advice from Scottish Government to Official Statistics producers to consider ways in which they can support planning. It is also in light of the increased demand we have experienced for data that we hold on those working in the sector. In deciding this and developing the data sets we took advice from the Office of the Chief Statistician in Scottish Government and from key stakeholders in the sector. If we had not taken this step then the data would not be available until after the publication of the main report (the Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on Workforce Data) in August 2020.

The information contained within the provisional data sets presents data on the number of staff within registered care services by their location. In the case of local authority social work staff this is presented by local authority area and by the type of team they work in. Data on childminders is presented simply at the level of the local authority. 

The data is published here.

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