What we are working on

Here is what we've been working on recently:

1) 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. 

2) 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 2019

3) Workforce Data Report  –  On  27th August 2020  published the 2019 Workforce Data Report. This report gives a comprehensive picture of the paid workforce employed in the social service sector in Scotland at the end of 2019. The data published 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. 

4) Mental Health Officers report - On 13th of August 2020 we published the 2019 Mental Health Officers Report. This is the eighth statistical report on Mental Health Officers (MHOs) in Scotland to be produced by the SSSC. The data published includes information on:

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

5) 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.

6) Provisional Official Statistics on the social service workforce 2019 -  On the 18th 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. 

7) The Children's Services Workforce 2018 tables - On the 8th April 2020 we published the Children's Services Workforce 2018 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.


8) The Adults' Services Workforce 2018 tables - On  the 3rd February 2020 we published the Adults' Services Workforce 2018 tables. These tables look in detail at the Adults' Services Workforce in Scotland and supplements the information published in the 2018 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. 

 9) 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. 

10) 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.