What we are working on

Here is what we've been working on recently:

The majority of our reports are published on an annual basis, and supporting tables and charts are also updated annually.

1) The SVQ tables - In August 2022 we published The SVQ tables  which 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

2) The Children's Services Workforce 2020 tables - On In July 2022 we published the Children's Services Workforce 2020 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.

3)  The Residential Childcare report - In June 2022 we published The Residential Childcare report which provides an examination of trends within residential child care from 2010 to 2020 looking at changes not just in the workforce but also in services, providers and children in care.

4) The Interactive Social Worker Data Tool allows the user to interactively investigate data on practising social workers employed by local authorities. This was published in January 2022.

5) The Staff Vacancies in care services 2020 report  -  This report provides a national overview of vacancies and recruitment difficulties reported by care services to the Care Inspectorate, the body which registers and inspects all care services. It also includes data on vacancies as a percentage of the total whole time equivalent (WTE) workforce. This joint publication between the Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Social Services Council was published in December 2021.

6) The Detailed Workforce information - The Detailed workforce information is a spreadsheet providing more details than the Workforce Data Report allowing interrogation of the data in detail at a local authority area level 

7) The Workforce Skills Report 2021 - This report looks at the current provision of qualifications for the social work, social care and early years workforce, demand for qualifications and how they meet current skills needs. It also looks at barriers to undertaking qualifications and what new skills are needed for the future. This report was published in October 2021

8) 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. 

9) The Local Authority post types -  the Local Authority Post Types gives a breakdown of the numbers of different people and posts across the whole of Scotland as well as by individual local authorities. This was published in September 2021

10)The Mental Health Officers time series data which shows data from the above reports from the Mental Health Officers report from 2005 onwards. This was updated in August 2021.

11) 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. 


 - 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).


What we are working on now

Our Workforce Data Report and our Mental Health Officers Report are annual publications. We hope to publish the 2021 Workforce Data Report on Tuesday 30th August at 9.30am, and the Mental Health Officers Report on 9.30am on Tuesday 23rd August.