Registration data

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


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 120,000 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.

It should be noted that the process of rolling out registration to the whole of the social service sector is still ongoing. 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. However, there are still parts of the sector where registration is not yet compulsory. Details of whether registration is compulsory for registration categories is provided along with the data. 

Current snapshot

The data in this table is a snapshot accurate to 24th June 2019.

Social Workers Sep-2005 10597 NA NA
Students May-2004 1899 NA NA
SCSWIS Authorised Officers Mar-2010 279 120 43.0
Managers of Residential Child Care Services (349 Services) Sep-2009 414 130 31.4
Residential Child Care Workers with Supervisory responsibility (349 Services) Sep-2009 842 290 34.4
All other Residential Child Care Workers (349 Services) Sep-2009 6540 2937 44.9
Managers of Adult Day Care Services (450 Services) Nov-2009 394 115 29.2
Managers of Care home Services for Adults (1104 Services) Nov-2009 699 272 38.9
Supervisors of Care Home Service for Adults (1104 Services) Mar-2012 3901 2111 54.1
Practitioners of Care Home Service for Adults (1104 Services) Mar-2013 5558 2127 38.3
Support Workers of Care Home Service for Adults (1104 Services) Sep-2015 31261 20059 64.2
Managers of Day Care of Children Services (3634 Services) Nov-2010 2631 1584 60.2
Practitioners in Day Care of Children Services (3634 Services) Sep-2011 26646 4800 18.0
Support workers of Day Care of Children Services (3634 Services) Jun-2014 7267 4111 56.6
Managers of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Nov-2012 12 3 25.0
Supervisors of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Apr-2013 23 3 13.0
Workers of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Nov-2013 313 110 35.1
Managers of a Housing Support Service (1060 Services) Jan-2014 1508 621 41.2
Supervisors of a Housing Support Service (1060 Services) Jun-2017 3841 2232 58.1
Workers in a Housing Support Service (1060 Services) Sep-2020 27578 16619 60.3
Managers of a Care at Home Service (1024 Services) Jan-2014 1366 634 46.4
Supervisors of a Care at Home Service (1024 Services) Jun-2017 3909 2371 60.7
Workers of a Care at Home Service (1024 Services) Sep-2020 30901 19765 64.0
Total Figures (7649 Services)   168379 81014 48.1

Please note that an individual may appear on more than one part of the register. The total number of unique individuals is 133,003.

The next snapshot will be published the week of 30/09/2019.


You can download the current and past register snapshots in either Microsoft Excel or Open Document Spreadsheet format here.

25 March 2019

24 June 2019

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 24.06.19. The next data set will be available at the end of September 2019.

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

21 March 2019 

24 June 2019