Publications

Our workforce data, information and intelligence publications are all available from this section of the web-site.

December 2021

Staff vacancies in care services 2020 report

09 Dec 2021

The Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have published new figures on the levels of staff vacancies in Scotland’s care services.

This report is based on data from 31 December 2020. As with previous reports, this report provides a national overview of vacancies and recruitment difficulties reported by care services to the Care Inspectorate, the body which registers and inspects all care services. It also includes data on vacancies as a percentage of the total whole time equivalent (WTE) workforce.

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October 2021

Workforce Skills Report 2021

06 Oct 2021

The Workforce Skills Report 2021 looks at the current provision of qualifications for the social work, social care and early years workforce, demand for qualifications and how they meet current skills needs. It also looks at barriers to undertaking qualifications and what new skills are needed for the future.

All workers registered with the SSSC must hold, or be working towards, a qualification suitable for their role. If they don’t already hold one, they are registered with a condition to gain it, usually within five years.

The new report highlights that between 2021 and 2025 more than 68,000 registered workers in care homes for adults, care at home and housing support services need to meet a qualification condition. Most of these are met by the SVQ Social Services and Healthcare (SSH) at SCQF level 6, however based on recent average provision around 25,000 people will be able to start the award over the next four years. This gap between demand and supply is the biggest identified in the report

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August 2021

Mental Health Officers (Scotland) Report 2020

17 Aug 2021

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today published the Mental Health Officers (Scotland) Report 2020.

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July 2021

2019-2021 SVQ tables

28 Jul 2021

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) supports workforce planning in the social service sector by publishing information on the sector’s workforce. This includes data on those undertaking qualifications relevant to work in the sector.

These tables provide SVQ provision data separately for social services and healthcare (primarily Adult services) and Children and Young People frameworks as well as the proportion of SVQ activity made up by Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) in Scotland.

As well as the 2019-21 data these tables also show historic data (2016-17 onwards) in order to allow comparison. 

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December 2020

Staff vacancies in care services 2019 report

11 Dec 2020

The Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have published new figures on the levels of staff vacancies in Scotland’s care services.

It is important to remember the data in the report comes from December 2019 and so reflects the situation in care services before the COVID-19 pandemic began in the UK and before the first case had been identified in the UK.

Our next report, which we will publish in 2021, will be based on data from 31 December 2020.

As with the previous report, this report provides a national overview of vacancies and recruitment difficulties reported by care services to the Care Inspectorate, the body which registers and inspects all care services. It also includes data on vacancies as a percentage of the total whole time equivalent (WTE) workforce.

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