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 165,000 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 28th  December 2020.

PART OF THE REGISTER  DATE REQUIRED REGISTRATION COMMENCED SSSC REGISTRANTS TO DATE REGISTRANTS WITH A QUALIFICATION CONDITION PERCENTAGE WITH A QUALIFICATION CONDITION (%)
Social Workers (including Temporary and Visiting) Sep-2005 10925 0 0.00
Students May-2004 2009 0 0.00
SCSWIS Authorised Officers Mar-2010 279 121 43.37
Managers of Residential Child Care Services (362 Services) Sep-2009 453 162 35.76
Residential Child Care Workers with Supervisory responsibility (362 Services) Sep-2009 928 363 39.12
All other Residential Child Care Workers (362 Services) Sep-2009 7383 3715 50.32
Managers of Adult Day Care Services (411 Services) Nov-2009 374 109 29.14
Managers of Care home Services for Adults (1074 Services) Nov-2009 722 299 41.41
Supervisors of Care Home Service for Adults (1074 Services) Mar-2012 4227 2280 53.94
Practitioners of Care Home Service for Adults (1074 Services) Mar-2013 5598 2151 38.42
Support Workers of Care Home Service for Adults (1074 Services) Sep-2015 34468 21054 61.08
Managers of Day Care of Children Services (3588 Services) Nov-2010 2902 1584 54.58
Practitioners in Day Care of Children Services (3588 Services) Sep-2011 29862 5617 18.81
Support workers of Day Care of Children Services (3588 Services) Jun-2014 8303 4758 57.30
Managers of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Nov-2012 13 3 23.08
Supervisors of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Apr-2013 23 3 13.04
Workers of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Nov-2013 360 166 46.11
Managers of a Housing Support Service (1040 Services) Jan-2014 1552 680 43.81
Supervisors of a Housing Support Service (1040 Services) Jun-2017 4011 2295 57.66
Workers in a Housing Support Service (1040 Services) Sep-2020 50397 31939 63.37
Managers of a Care at Home Service (1059 Services) Jan-2014 1489 719 48.29
Supervisors of a Care at Home Service (1059 Services) Jun-2017 4231 2564 60.60
Workers of a Care at Home Service (1059 Services) Sep-2020 58521 38895 66.46
Total Figures (7562 Services)   228999 119477 52.17

Please note that an individual may appear on more than one part of the register. The total number of unique individuals is 168,459 (28th December 2020).

The next snapshot will be published at the end of March 2021.

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)
Time series     Download (15 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 28th September 2020. The next data set will be available by the end of March 2021.

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)
Time Series      Download (13 KB)
Metadata     Download (1 KB)