What we are working on

Here is what we've been working on recently:

1) The Adults' Services Workforce 2017 report - On 18th December 2018 we published the The Adults' Services Workforce 2017 report. This report looks in detail at the Adults' Services Workforce in Scotland and supplements the information published in the 2017 Workforce Data Report.  

2) Staff vacancies in care services 2017 - On 16th January 2019 we published the Staff vacancies in care services 2017 report. This is our first 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.

3) The Children's Services Workforce 2017 report - On 30th January we published the Children's Services Workforce 2017 report. This report looks 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.

4) SVQs in the Scottish Social Service Sector 2017/18  - On 21st March we published the SVQs in the Scottish Social Service Sector 2017/18 report. The report presents a detailed analysis of the entries (registrations) and awards (certifications) in relevant SVQs for social services and healthcare (primarily adult services) and Children and the Young Peoples frameworks.

5) 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.

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

2017 Detailed Workforce Information.

Local Authority Post Types 2017

Interactive Social Worker Data Tool 2017

 Here is what we'll be working on in the coming months:

1) Local Authority Social Work Services (LASWS) 2018 census data collection – The deadline for the submission of the 2018 LASWS data from Scotland’s 32 local authorities is was 8th March 2019. 

During March, April and May 2019 the submitted data will undergo rigorous checking before being used in the 2018 Workforce Data Report (Official Statistics) and the 2018 MHO Report (National Statistics) to be published in the late summer.

2) Data website upgrade plans – We are currently further developing our data website. We have reviewed the site in the light of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Open Data and integration. We plan to further enhance the “Explore the Data” section by extending the data available and improving how it can be shaped and presented. For example, we wish to provide separate data on Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) within the Day Care of Children sub-sector, provide percentages data in the ‘Compare data’.

3) Workforce Data Report  – In August 2019 we plan to publish the 2018 Workforce Data Report. This report will gives a comprehensive picture of the paid workforce employed in the social service sector in Scotland at the end of 2018. The data published will include 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.

 4) Mental Health Officers report - In August 2019 we plan to publish the 2018 Mental Health Officers Report. This will be the seventh statistical report on Mental Health Officers (MHOs) in Scotland to be produced by the SSSC. The data published will include information on:

  • The number of practising MHOs.
  • MHO trainees, leavers, vacancies and staffing shortfalls.
  • The average hours worked by MHOs