Registration data

This page provides information on the numbers of people registered with the SSSC.

Background

One of the SSSC’s statutory duties is to keep a Register of social service workers, social workers and social work students in Scotland. Registration began in 2003 with social workers and has gradually been rolled out across the sector so that it now covers the majority of those working in care services. There are over 20 separate categories on the register and there are over 164,000 individuals registered. In most cases, people are registered according to the job they are doing (e.g. manager of a residential child care service).

Registration is for staff who work directly with people who use social services. Nurses, teachers and other professional groups working in a registered care or social work service are not required to register with the SSSC if they have a current registration with their own professional body. There are thought to be approximately 10,000 such staff working in the sector (or 5% of the total workforce). In addition staff working in ancillary or auxiliary roles (e.g. business support, cleaning, IT etc.) do not register.

This means that the coverage of the sector’s workforce is slightly smaller than in the annual workforce data report. However, unlike the workforce data gathered by the SSSC, which is a snapshot collected each December, registration data is updated daily by registrants and SSSC staff to reflect each registrant’s current circumstances.

Registration is qualification-based, however, in most categories individuals can register before achieving the necessary award. In these cases, they are given a qualification condition which means that they must achieve the qualification within a specified period (usually five years). The information available from this page will provide quarterly snapshots from March 2019 onwards, of the number of people registered with the SSSC by their category of registration. It will also indicate how many of the registrants have a qualification condition.

The process of rolling out registration to the whole of the social service sector finished in September 2020. In most cases staff working in care services are required to be registered with the SSSC (or another regulatory body for example the Nursing and Midwifery Council) in order to be employed in a care service. Details of when registration became compulsory for registration categories is provided along with the data. 

Current snapshot

The data in this table is a snapshot accurate to 27th  September 2021.

PART OF THE REGISTER  DATE REQUIRED REGISTRATION COMMENCED SSSC REGISTRANTS TO DATE REGISTRANTS WITH A QUALIFICATION CONDITION PERCENTAGE WITH A QUALIFICATION CONDITION (%)
Social Workers  Sep-2005 10752 0 0.00
Students May-2004 1998 0 0.00
SCSWIS Authorised Officers Mar-2010 261 122 46.74
Managers of Residential Child Care Services Sep-2009 427 155 36.30
Residential Child Care Workers with Supervisory responsibility  Sep-2009 905 366 40.44
All other Residential Child Care Workers  Sep-2009 7006 3503 50.00
Managers of Adult Day Care Services  Nov-2009 358 97 27.09
Managers of Care home Services for Adults  Nov-2009 712 295 41.43
Supervisors of Care Home Service for Adults  Mar-2012 4039 2163 53.55
Practitioners of Care Home Service for Adults  Mar-2013 5273 1997 37.87
Support Workers of Care Home Service for Adults  Sep-2015 31388 18430 58.72
Managers of Day Care of Children Services  Nov-2010 2906 1489 51.24
Practitioners in Day Care of Children Services  Sep-2011 30079 5361 17.82
Support workers of Day Care of Children Services  Jun-2014 8161 4621 56.62
Managers of a Residential School Care Accommodation  Nov-2012 12 3 25.00
Supervisors of a Residential School Care Accommodation  Apr-2013 27 6 22.22
Workers of a Residential School Care Accommodation  Nov-2013 342 159 46.49
Managers of a Housing Support Service  Jan-2014 1523 670 43.99
Supervisors of a Housing Support Service  Jun-2017 3792 2131 56.20
Workers in a Housing Support Service  Sep-2020 49295 30799 62.48
Managers of a Care at Home Service  Jan-2014 1514 743 49.08
Supervisors of a Care at Home Service  Jun-2017 4064 2387 58.74
Workers of a Care at Home Service  Sep-2020 58016 38063 65.61
Total Figures    222850 113560 50.96

Please note that an individual may appear on more than one part of the register. The total number of unique individuals is 164,110 (27th September 2021).

It is notable that the number of registrants has decreased since March 2021. In March 2020, in response to the Covid pandemic, we stopped removing people from the Register (who failed to pay fees or renew their registration).  This process was re-established in March 2021, resulting in approximately 10,000 removals.  New applications must be completed to return to the Register, resulting in a drop of active registrants. 

(The next snapshot will be published at the beginning of January 2022.)

Downloads

You can download the current and past register snapshots in either Microsoft Excel (XSLX), Open Document Spreadsheet (ODS) or comma-separated values (CSV) format here. The CSV formats are designed for machine-readability and omit the number of services in the register parts, the date of required registration and condition percentage but add fields for level (manager, etc) and subsector (adult day care, etc). A time series compliation of all CSV snapshots is included for convenience.   

 

Date XLSX ODS CSV
25 March 2019 Download (17 KB) Download (12 KB) Download (2 KB)
24 June 2019 Download (14 KB) Download (8 KB) Download (2 KB)
30 September 2019 Download (14 KB) Download (8 KB) Download (2 KB)
6 January 2020 Download (14 KB) Download (8 KB) Download (2 KB)
30 March 2020 Download (21 KB)  Download (9 KB) Download (2 KB)
29 June 2020 Download (21 KB)  Download (9 KB) Download (3 KB)
28 September 2020 Download (22 KB)  Download (9 KB) Download (3 KB)
28 December 2020 Download (21 KB)  Download (9 KB) Download (3 KB)
29 March 2021 Download (21 KB)  Download (9 KB) Download (3 KB)
28 June 2021 Download (21 KB)  Download (9 KB)  Download (3 KB)
27 September 2021 Download (21 KB)  Download (9 KB)  Download (3 KB)
Time Series     Download (13 KB)
Metadata     Download (1 KB)

 Early Learning and Childcare

In addition to the overall registration data published above. We have also been asked to provide more detailed data on the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) workforce to support the expansion of early learning and childcare services in 2020. The ELC workforce are a subset of the Day Care of Children (DCC) workforce and provide publicly funded services to pre-school children. The latest data was extracted from the SSSC Register on 27th September 2021. The next data set will be available by the early January 2022.

You can download the Early Learning and Childcare detailed data here. 

  

Date XLSX ODS CSV
21 March 2019 Download (12 KB) Download (7 KB) Download (2 KB)
24 June 2019 Download (15 KB) Download (8 KB) Download (2 KB)
30 September 2019 Download (12 KB) Download (7 KB) Download (2 KB)
6 January 2020 Download (20 KB) Download (8 KB) Download (2 KB)
30 March 2020 Download (20 KB) Download (8 KB) Download (2 KB)
29 June 2020  Download (20 KB) Download (8 KB) Download (2 KB)
28 September 2020 Download (20 KB) Download (8 KB) Download (2 KB)
28 December 2020 Download (20 KB) Download (8 KB) Download (2 KB)
29 March 2021 Download (20 KB) Download (8 KB) Download (2 KB)
28 June 2021 Download (20 KB)  Download (8 KB)  Download (2 KB)
27 September 2021 Download (20 KB)  Download (8 KB)  Download (2 KB)
Time Series      Download (13 KB)
Metadata     Download (1 KB)