Scottish Social Services Workforce Data
Our workforce data, information and intelligence publications are all available from this section of the web-site. Immediately below are quick links to our most recent publications, followed by more detailed information on each publication.
|Oct 23||Social worker filled posts and vacancies six-monthly survey||Here|
|Sep 23||The 2022 Staff vacancies in care services report||Here|
|Sep 23||Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2022 Workforce Data||Here|
|Sep 23||Register annual report 2022 to 2023||Here|
|Aug 23||Mental Health Officers time series data 2006 to 2022||Here|
|Aug 23||Mental Health Officers (Scotland) Report 2022||Here|
|Aug 23||2022-2023 SVQ Tables||Here|
|Jun 23||Movement of Day Care of Children Staff Report||Here|
|May 23||2021 Children's Services Workforce Tables||Here|
|Dec 22||The Adults' services time series 2011 to 2021||Here|
|Dec 22||2021 Detailed workforce information||Here|
|Nov 22||Staff vacancies in care services 2021||Here|
|Nov 22||The Adults' services workforce tables - 2021||Here|
|Oct 22||Local Authority Post Types 2021||Here|
|Oct 22||Interactive Social Worker Data Tool 2021||Here|
|Aug 22||Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2021 Workforce Data||Here|
|Jul 22||2020 Children's Services Workforce Tables||Here|
|Jun 22||Residential Child Care report 2022||Here|
|Oct 21||Workforce Skills Report 2021||Here|
|July 19||The Demand for Social Workers 2019||Here|
|Quarterly||Registration and Early Learning and Childcare data ( last QTR to 27/03/2023)||Here|
Analysis of the data collected as at 30 June 2023
This report presents findings from the first run of a proposed new six-monthly survey of local authority social work services (LASWS), which took place between June and August 2023. The survey asked for information on ‘practising social workers’, namely those in main grade social worker and senior social worker posts working within local authority social work services. It also asked for information on vacancies for practising social workers and about hard to fill vacancies.
The Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser (OCSWA) in the Scottish Government established a short life working group (SLWG) on social work workforce data in December 2022. It was set up to support the development of the National Social Work Agency (NSWA) by monitoring workforce trends, establishing demand for social work services and implications for recruitment, retention and training. The findings from the survey will feed back into the work of the SLWG and other intelligence and research that the group is looking to gather. This includes research into demand for social work services and a report due to be published later in 2023/24 by the SSSC on the inflows and outflows to the local authority social work workforce.
Due to the delay in the publishling of the 2022 mid-year population estimates by the NRS we are publishing a Provisional Interactive Social Worker Data Tool for 2022.
The tool will be updated and republished shortly after the mid-year population estimates are made available.
The latest version of the tool can be donwloaded below
This file allows you to interactively investigate the Local Authority Post Types data. The file presents 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. The data published includes a breakdown of the numbers of different people and posts across the whole of Scotland as well as by individual local authorities.
“This Staff vacancies in care services 2022 report is jointly published by the Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). This report provides data on vacancies reported by care services as at 31 December 2022. It shows the number of registered care services with a vacancy, the number of actual vacancies that services say they had using whole time equivalent (WTE) data, and data on the reasons why services have reported that vacancies are hard to fill.
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today published Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2022 Workforce Data.