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 28th  June 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 (including Temporary and Visiting) Sep-2005 10688 0 0.00
Students May-2004 1995 0 0.00
SCSWIS Authorised Officers Mar-2010 265 121 45.66
Managers of Residential Child Care Services (370 Services) Sep-2009 428 153 35.75
Residential Child Care Workers with Supervisory responsibility (370 Services) Sep-2009 906 364 40.18
All other Residential Child Care Workers (370 Services) Sep-2009 7042 3531 50.14
Managers of Adult Day Care Services (399 Services) Nov-2009 363 98 27.00
Managers of Care home Services for Adults (1067 Services) Nov-2009 716 297 41.48
Supervisors of Care Home Service for Adults (1067 Services) Mar-2012 4096 2180 53.22
Practitioners of Care Home Service for Adults (1067 Services) Mar-2013 5329 2009 37.70
Support Workers of Care Home Service for Adults (1067 Services) Sep-2015 32021 18919 59.08
Managers of Day Care of Children Services (3590 Services) Nov-2010 2884 1516 52.57
Practitioners in Day Care of Children Services (3590 Services) Sep-2011 29820 5317 17.83
Support workers of Day Care of Children Services (3590 Services) Jun-2014 8039 4540 56.47
Managers of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Nov-2012 11 2 18.18
Supervisors of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Apr-2013 26 5 19.23
Workers of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Nov-2013 343 156 45.48
Managers of a Housing Support Service (1050 Services) Jan-2014 1539 669 43.47
Supervisors of a Housing Support Service (1050 Services) Jun-2017 3818 2154 56.42
Workers in a Housing Support Service (1050 Services) Sep-2020 49222 30888 62.75
Managers of a Care at Home Service (1074 Services) Jan-2014 1524 737 48.36
Supervisors of a Care at Home Service (1074 Services) Jun-2017 4086 2425 59.35
Workers of a Care at Home Service (1074 Services) Sep-2020 57795 38124 65.96
Total Figures (7578 Services)   222956 114205 51.22

Please note that an individual may appear on more than one part of the register. The total number of unique individuals is 164,205 (28th June 2021).

It is notable that the number of registrants has decreased since the last quarterly data published. 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 end of September 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)
29 March 2021 Download (21 KB)  Download (9 KB) Download (3 KB)
28 June 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 28th June 2021. The next data set will be available by the end of September 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)
29 March 2021 Download (20 KB) Download (8 KB) Download (2 KB)
28 June 2021 Download (20 KB)  Download (8 KB)  Download (2 KB)
Time Series      Download (13 KB)
Metadata     Download (1 KB)