What we are working on

Here is what we've been working on recently:

1) The Adults' Services Workforce 2020 tables - In September 2021 we published the Adults' Services Workforce 2020 tables. These tables look in detail at the Adults' Services Workforce in Scotland and supplements the information published in the 2020 Workforce Data Report. The tables give an overview which includes all adults' services sub-sectors. They focus in detail on the two most prominent sub-sectors: care homes for adults and housing support/care at home. 

2) The Workforce Data Report - In August 2021 we published the 2020 Workforce Data Report. The report combines administrative data from the Care Inspectorate with data collected by the SSSC directly from local authorities to form a comprehensive picture of the paid workforce employed in the social service sector in Scotland at the end of 2020. This report provides an overview of the data at a national level and, where possible, also provides data sub-divided by sub-sector or local authority area. It includes information on:

  • The workforce size and the whole time equivalent (WTE) measure of the workforce.
  • The stability index of the workforce (what percentage of people are in the same post as the previous year). 
  • The employer types (Public, Private and Voluntary) and the percentages of each in local authority areas.
  • The age and gender of workers in different roles and areas. 

3) The Mental Health Officers Report - In August 2021 we published the Mental Health Officers Report. This report presents information on:

  • The number of practising MHOs.
  • MHO trainees, leavers, vacancies and staffing shortfalls.
  • The average hours worked by MHOs 
  • Key characteristics of the MHO workforce (age, gender).

We also updated the associated MHO time series data.

4) 2019-2021 SVQ Tables - In July 2021 we published the 2019/21 SVQ Tables. These tables provide SVQ provision data separately for Social Services and Healthcare (primarily Adult services) and Children and Young People frameworks as well as the proportion of SVQ activity made up by Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) in Scotland. As well as the 2019-21 data, these tables also show historic data (2016-17 onwards).

5) The Children's Services Workforce 2019 tables - On the 19th March 2021 we published the Children's Services Workforce 2019 tables. These tables look in details at the Children's Services Workforce and includes information on:

  • The Employer Types (Public, Private and Voluntary) and the percentage of each in the service type.
  • The age and gender of workers in various roles within each service type.
  • The percentage of staff by in each job function (Auxiliary, Care or Manager) in each service type.

6) Staff vacancies in care services 2019 - In December 2020 we published the Staff vacancies in care services 2019 report. This is our third joint staff vacancies in care services report with the Care Inspectorate - This report provides data on the numbers of registered services declaring one or more vacancies and the overall vacancy rate for them. 

7) Detailed Data Publications -  We have published a number of detailed data files that allow you to explore our data in greater detail. These are: 

2019 Detailed Workforce Information.

Local Authority Post Types 2020

Interactive Social Worker Data Tool 2019

8) Ad Hoc Data requests - Covid 19 - We have been providing information on request to organisations who require it in order to help them deal with the Covid 19 Pandemic.

9) Provisional Official Statistics on the social service workforce 2019 - In May 2020 we published the Provisional Official Statistics on the social service workforce 2019  This is the first occasion that the SSSC has published provisional Official Statistics and we have done this to support planning for registered care services and local authority social work services in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

10) Data website upgrade  – After reviewing the site in the light of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Open Data and integration,  we further developed our data website. We enhanced the “Explore the Data” section by extending the data available and improving how it can be shaped and presented. 

11) Integration – Mike Docherty attends a sub-group of the National Workforce Planning Forum made up of representatives from NHS Scotland, Scottish Government and the SSSC. The aim of the forum is to facilitate and support the integration of health and social care workforce planning.

Part 1 of the National Workforce Plan covering NHS Scotland was published in June 2017 (available at: https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/06/1354).

Part 2 of the plan covering Scottish social care was published in December 2017 (available at: https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/12/2984).

Part 3 of the plan covering Scottish primary care was published in April 2018 (available at: https://beta.gov.scot/publications/national-health-social-care-workforce-plan-part-3-improving-workforce).

As part of the initiative to integrate health and social care workforce planning, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) are co-ordinating the creation of an online cross-sectoral workforce data platform. This ambitious project will face challenges with data comparability and governance. More information on this will be provided as it becomes available.

Here is what we are working on: 

1) Detailed Data Publications - We are presently updating our Detailed Data Publications with the 2020 Data.