Register annual report 2022 to 2023

25 Aug 2023

The register annual report is a new report providing data from the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Register. It gives a unique insight into the social work, social care and children and young people workforce (also known as the social service workforce).

It’s the first time we’ve published such a report on our Register data. As the regulator for the social work, social care and children and young people workforce, we’re in the unique position of holding reliable information on the registered workforce.

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The report shows there were 168,232 people on the SSSC Register in March this year, which is an increase of 4,064 on April 2022. It also shows the growth of the registered workforce over the past five years, as it opened to more registrants working in different services, the number of people with qualifications and the average age by service type and local authority area.

The registered workforce represents 80% of the total social service workforce of 208,000 in Scotland, so understanding more about this workforce can help identify trends, opportunities and challenges for workforce planning, as well as influencing and supporting planning.

Information on differences between registration data and workforce data and their strengths and weaknesses can be found here:

The SSSC also publishes quarterly data on the numbers of registrants by category and the numbers with a qualification condition here: 

The quarterly data are available from March 2019 onwards.