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 130,000 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 6th January 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 Sep-2005 10609 0 0.00
Students May-2004 1888 0 0.00
SCSWIS Authorised Officers Mar-2010 278 115 41.37
Managers of Residential Child Care Services (364 Services) Sep-2009 422 135 31.99
Residential Child Care Workers with Supervisory responsibility (364 Services) Sep-2009 895 332 37.09
All other Residential Child Care Workers (364 Services) Sep-2009 6639 3017 45.44
Managers of Adult Day Care Services (437 Services) Nov-2009 390 118 30.26
Managers of Care home Services for Adults (1085 Services) Nov-2009 700 275 39.29
Supervisors of Care Home Service for Adults (1085 Services) Mar-2012 3990 2135 53.51
Practitioners of Care Home Service for Adults (1085 Services) Mar-2013 5388 2028 37.64
Support Workers of Care Home Service for Adults (1085 Services) Sep-2015 31982 19970 62.44
Managers of Day Care of Children Services (3609 Services) Nov-2010 2666 1535 57.58
Practitioners in Day Care of Children Services (3609 Services) Sep-2011 27878 5261 18.87
Support workers of Day Care of Children Services (3609 Services) Jun-2014 7585 4296 56.64
Managers of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Nov-2012 14 4 28.57
Supervisors of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Apr-2013 23 4 17.39
Workers of a Residential School Care Accommodation (28 Services) Nov-2013 329 131 39.82
Managers of a Housing Support Service (1054 Services) Jan-2014 1538 665 43.24
Supervisors of a Housing Support Service (1054 Services) Jun-2017 3797 2183 57.49
Workers in a Housing Support Service (1054 Services) Sep-2020 40388 25005 61.91
Managers of a Care at Home Service (1030 Services) Jan-2014 1431 676 47.24
Supervisors of a Care at Home Service (1030 Services) Jun-2017 3934 2383 60.57
Workers of a Care at Home Service (1030 Services) Sep-2020 46335 30088 64.94
Total Figures (7607 Services)   199099 100356 50.41

 Please note that an individual may appear on more than one part of the register. The total number of unique individuals is 150,417.

The next snapshot will be published at the end of March 2020.

Downloads

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

30 September 2019

6 January 2020

 

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 06.01.2020. The next data set will be available at the end of March 2020.

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

21 March 2019 

24 June 2019

30 September 2019

6 January 2020