Detailed data

Since March 2012 we have published more detailed workforce data at a local authority level. This data can be downloaded below. Each file comes with its own guidance document explaining what data is available inside it.

Interactive Social Worker Data Tool 2017

26 Oct 2018

This file allows you to interactively investigate data on practising social workers employed by local authorities. It uses data from our LA Post Types publication and adds in some contextual population data from National Records of Scotland. Guidance and background notes are included within the file.

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Local authority post types 2017

26 Oct 2018

These 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. 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.

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2017 detailed workforce information

03 Oct 2018

This spreadsheet contains information about the Social Services Workforce collected from services regulated by the Care Inspectorate (via its Annual Returns in December) and from the annual December Local Authority Social Work Services Staffing Return in 2017.

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Mental Health Officers (MHO) data 2016 - additional tables

15 Mar 2018

These spreadsheets present additional MHO data for 2016 that does not appear in the 2016 MHO report or in the full MHO time series data. In November 2017, data was provided for 2016 on filled MHO posts and estimated average weekly hours on MHO work by health board, MHOs in Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs), MHOs by contract type and MHOs by employee status. In March 2018, further data was provided for 2016 on a) MHOs by post type, sub-sector and MHO type, and b) MHO contracted hours, work hours and % work hours of contracted hours by post type, sub-sector and MHO type. It is hoped the additional data will prove useful to users at local and national level and we welcome feedback on it, directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2016 detailed workforce information

24 Nov 2017

This spreadsheet contains information about the Social Services Workforce collected from services regulated by the Care Inspectorate (via its Annual Returns in December) and from the annual December Local Authority Social Work Services Staffing Return.

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Interactive Social Worker Data Tool 2016

01 Nov 2017

This file allows you to interactively investigate data on practising social workers employed by local authorities. It uses data from our LA Post Types publication and adds in some contextual population data from National Records of Scotland. Guidance and background notes are included within the file.

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