New data reports and tool now online

We have published two new workforce data updates; one on staff retention and the other on whole time equivalent (WTE) data for the workforce. They cover the period 2013-15 and are on our Workforce Data website.

These short reports build on the Experimental Statistics on staff retention and WTE data we published in March 2016. Based on the feedback from those reports we agreed with our main stakeholders’ group, the Scottish Social Services Workforce Data Group (SSSWDG) that future annual workforce data reports will include staff retention and WTE data. This will start when we publish our next annual report in August 2017.

As the Experimental Statistics reports used data from December 2014 we agreed with the SSSWDG to publish updates which include staff retention and WTE data from December 2015. These new reports are based on that data.

New data tool for analysing statistics on local authority social workers

As well as the new reports we have also produced a new data tool for analysing statistics on local authority social workers. This is also available on the Workforce Data website.

The tool allows you to investigate data on practising social workers employed by local authorities and you can download it in an Excel file. It uses data from our Local Authority Post Types publication and adds in some contextual population data from the National Records of Scotland. Guidance and background notes are included in the file.

We produced this tool for stakeholders as a way of making this data more accessible.

We would be happy to receive feedback on any of these publications. Please contact: dataenquiries@sssc.uk.com

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