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10 Jan 2020

Workforce data Social service workforce

New tool and data to analyse social services workforce

We've published new resources for you to use to compare social service workforce data between local authority areas for benchmarking and understanding the differences across Scotland.

Social work and social services workforce data published

This spreadsheet provides more detailed information about the workforce than is available in the Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2018 Workforce Data. It presents the data at the level of individual local authorities and types of service giving breakdowns of the workforce by age, gender, part-time/full-time split and job function. The provision of this data is intended to facilitate its analysis and re-use and support workforce and service planning, locally, regionally and nationally.

Download the detailed workforce data spreadsheet here.

Publication of 2018 local authority post type data

The breakdown of local authority post types for 2018 was published in December 2019. The spreadsheets present headcount and whole time equivalent (WTE) data of all filled posts in local authority social work services where those employed do not work in a registered care service. This covers staff working primarily in children’s, adults’, generic and offenders' field social work services teams. The data is presented separately for each local authority as well as at the Scotland level. Time series data can also be downloaded from the same page; it covers the period 2008-18. The provision of this data is intended to facilitate its analysis and re-use and support workforce and service planning, locally, regionally and nationally.

Read more and download the post type data here.

Interactive social worker data tool 2018 update published

We have recently released an update to the Social Worker Data Tool. The aim of this tool is to make the information on practising social workers employed by local authorities more accessible.

This tool provides time series of the headcount and whole time equivalent (WTE) of social workers from 2009 to 2018. There are interactive in-cell dropdown menus that allow you to filter by the social work field work team subsector so you can easily toggle between social workers in adult services, children services, offender services and generic provision or view the totals across all four subsectors. You can also filter the results by main grade/senior social workers and by full time/part time staff too.

To aid benchmarking between local authorities the headcount and WTE figures are also available per 100,000 people within the local authority area. The tool chooses the relevant population for the subsector selected, for example if viewing social workers in children’s services the headcount and WTE are shown per 100,000 people aged 0 to 17 years old. For each year within the time series the tool generates a graph displaying all 32 local authorities ranked in order of the level of provision they have, together with a benchmarking line showing the national average.

Download the Social Work Data Tool here.

For more information, please contact the SSSC Workforce Intelligence Team at

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council