Scottish Social Services Workforce Data
On this page you can find announcements about publication dates and updates about our work.
Workforce Intelligence Newsletter
Welcome to the first of our new monthly blog posts by the Workforce Intelligence (WI) team. The purpose of these monthly posts is to update you with news about the latest publications, data sets and to provide further insight into the sector.
As a team, we are responsible for the publishing of Official Statistics on the social service sector’s workforce.
(Definition: “social services” means:
(a) care services registered with the Care Inspectorate and
(b) social work services
Section 46, Public Service Reform (Scotland) Act 2010)
Latest Facts and Figures:
- 209,690 people work in social services.
- The majority (66%) are employed by private or voluntary sector providers with only a minority by local authorities.
- There are around 2,500 different employers operating in the social services sector.
Workforce Data Report
The 2020 Workforce Data Report was published on 31st August 2021 and can be found here. It is the 13th workforce data report published by the SSSC and the 10th set of Official Statistics. The report combines administrative data from the Care Inspectorate obtained annually from all registered care services with data collected by the SSSC directly from local authorities. From these we form a comprehensive picture of the paid workforce employed in the social service sector in Scotland at the end of 2020.
The chart below is taken from the Workforce Data Report and is a treemap of headcount by employer type and subsector for 2020.
Mental Health Officers Report
The 2020 Mental Health Officers Report was published on 17th August 2021 and can be found here. This report carries National Statistics designation and is the ninth statistical report on Mental Health Officers (MHOs) in Scotland to be produced by the SSSC. The Mental Health Officers (Scotland) Report 2020 presents information on:
- The number of practising MHOs in post at 7 December 2020, excluding long-term absentees.
- MHO trainees, leavers, vacancies and staffing shortfalls.
- Key characteristics of the MHO workforce (e.g. age) and the type of teams they work in.
The chart below is taken from the Mental Health Officers Report and shows filled MHO post types in each local authority in 2020.
Workforce Skills Report
The Workforce Skills Report was published on the 6th October 2021 and can be found here. 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.
The chart below shows how service provision and staffing numbers have changed since 2016 in four of the sector’s main types of services. These are care at home and housing support (CAHHS), care homes for adults (CHA), day care of children (DCC) and residential child care (RCC) services.
Who we are:
Zara Gall, Data Researcher: I have responsibility over the collection of the Mental Health Officers data and produce the Mental Health Officers (Scotland) Report.
I have also produced in the last two years the more detailed tables on those working in services for adults and services for children. Those tables present data on those working in the various sub-types of these services e.g. care homes for older people, people with learning disabilities etc. I also produce the SVQ data tables which include data on take up of Modern Apprenticeships in the sector
We are pleased to announce that the breakdown of local authority post types for 2020 was published on Thursday 9th September. The spreadsheets present headcount and WTE (whole time equivalent) data of all filled posts in local authority social work services where those employed do not work in a registered care service. This therefore covers staff working primarily in field social work services.
We are pleased to announce that the Mental Health Officers (Scotland) 2020 Report was published on Tuesday 17th August 2021 (available here.)