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06 Oct 2021

Helping the care workforce get the right skills

The demand for adult social care qualifications is set to rise dramatically over the next four years according to a new report the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) published today. 

Social service workforce Workforce data

31 Aug 2021

Scotland’s vital care workforce at highest ever

A new report shows that Scotland’s social work, social care and early years workforce is bigger than ever, employing some 209,690 people, a rise of 1.6% since 2019.

Workforce data

17 Aug 2021

2020 Mental Health Officers’ Report published

A new report on the mental health officer (MHO) workforce shows 53 extra full time MHOs are needed to meet the shortfall in the work required by local authorities.

Workforce data

27 Aug 2020

More people than ever work in Scotland’s social services

A new report, published by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today, shows that more people than ever before work in Scotland’s social services. There are some 206,400 people in the workforce, which makes up approximately 7.8% of all Scottish employment or one in 13 jobs.

Workforce data

13 Aug 2020

2019 Mental Health Officers’ Report published

A new report, published by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today, reveals that 94 staff left the mental health officer (MHO) workforce between December 2018 and 2019. The report also shows that although the number of local authorities reporting an MHO shortfall increased to 27, the number of full time MHOs needed to address the shortfall decreased to 49.

Workforce data

27 Jan 2020

Staff vacancies in care services 2018

The Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) published new figures on the levels of staff vacancies in Scotland’s social care services today. 

Workforce data Careers in care Employers

10 Jan 2020

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.

Workforce data Social service workforce

22 Nov 2019

2018 Scottish Social Service Workforce Data Report

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) published the 2018 Workforce Data Report today.

The report shows that the size of the social service workforce has increased to 204,610, a rise of 1.2% since 2017, the highest level recorded since these reports began in 2008.

Workforce data Social service workforce

20 Aug 2019

2018 Mental Health Officers’ Report published today

Fifty-five extra full time mental health officers (MHOs) are needed to meet shortfalls in staffing, a new report published by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) reveals. All but eight of Scotland’s local authorities reported an MHO shortfall in the 2018 Mental Health Officers’ Report published today.

Workforce data