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

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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Using SSSC registration data to examine workforce movements

19 Jun 2019

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.

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Economic Value Report Addendum

16 Apr 2019

The economic Value report on adult social care was published in 2018 and can be found here on the SSSC workforce data website:

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:

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Publication of the 2017-2018 SVQ report

21 Mar 2019
Demand for SVQs expected to rise

Demand for SVQs for people working in adults and children’s services is expected to rise, our latest annual report SVQs in the Scottish Social Service Sector 2017/18 shows.

The report presents a detailed analysis of the entries (registrations) and awards (certifications) in relevant SVQs for social services and healthcare (primarily adult services) and children and young people frameworks. 
The report focuses on data from 2016-17 and 2017-18. It also includes the proportion of SVQ activity made up by Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) in Scotland. The report looks at the registrations and certifications by level and framework.

Information is also provided on annual trends in registrations and certifications by framework and level from 2012-13 onwards. In 2012-13 there were fewer than 10,000 SVQ registrations which is the lowest number seen since before 2005. However, since 2012-13 there has been an increase of 10% in registrations, although overall numbers have remained at around 10,750 in the last two years.

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