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

Publication of 2018 detailed workforce information

17 Dec 2019

We are pleased to announce that the detailed workforce information for 2018 was published on Tuesday 17th December, available here.

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Publication of 2018 Workforce Data Report

22 Nov 2019

We are pleased to announce that Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2018 Workforce Data was published on 22 November 2019 (available here).

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Announcement of publication date for the Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2018 Workforce Data

17 Oct 2019

The SSSC is pleased to announce that its annual report on those working in social services in Scotland will be published at 9:30am on Friday 22nd November 2019 on the SSSC workforce data website.

Last year’s report is available on the site at: Scottish Social Service Sector: Report 2017 Workforce Data.

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Publication of the 2019 Mental Health Officers Report

13 Aug 2019

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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Publication of the 2018 MHO Report

19 Jul 2019

We are pleased to announce that the Mental Health Officers (Scotland) 2018 Report will be published on Tuesday 20th August 2019.

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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Demand For Social Workers

01 Jul 2019

The SSSC have produced reports on demand for social workers every two years since 2012.

We have published the Demand For Social Workers report. 

This report examines data from a range of sources on the supply and demand for social workers in Scotland. It begins with admissions and completions from social work training courses and looks at the numbers who then register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as newly qualified social workers (NQSWs). It then considers the total number on the Register and the numbers employed as practising social workers (PSWs) by local authorities. Sections 4 and 5 consider drivers of demand and projected numbers of social workers required in the future. The final section provides some conclusions and suggestions for action.

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