Scottish Social Services Workforce Data
On this page you can find announcements about publication dates and updates about our work.
We are pleased to announce that the Mental Health Officers (Scotland) 2018 Report will be published on Tuesday 20th August 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.
Exploring education and training to improve our understanding of social service career pathways focuses on education and training in the sector as it plays a role in supporting entry and progression.
Part two of the National Workforce Plan for Health and Social Care sets out current and future workforce challenges and identifies several recommendations.
We are leading work to identify how to improve career opportunities along with relevant training and education to support the workforce.
This data analysis is a longitudinal piece of work and we intend to expand our collaborative and explorative approach with the sector to enhance the process and ultimately the usefulness of the findings.
The annual Workforce Data Report due for publication at the end of August will be delayed this year.
We are hopeful that it will be published before the end of October and we will make an announcement on the News section of the SSSC workforce data website once we are confident of the timescale for publication.
The economic Value report on adult social care was published in 2018 and can be found here on the SSSC workforce data website: https://data.sssc.uk.com/data-publications/196-the-economic-value-of-adult-social-care
The partners in Skills for Care & Development who commissioned the research into the economic value of adult social care agreed to commission an Addendum to the report to explore some of the unanswered questions raised in the main reports.
The main aims for this additional research were:
■ Provide a breakdown of the economic value of the adult social care sector using the expenditure approach by type of service provider (public, private and voluntary);
■ Describe the reasons for the higher economic value in Scotland (per capita) than the other UK nations;
■ Disaggregate the indirect and induced economic impacts by type of service; and
■ Illustrate how the economic value of the adult social care sector (using the income approach) could vary as a result of changes to employee earnings.
You can download the Addendum here: