The SSSC published the 2016 Workforce Data Report today (14 September 2017).
The report shows that the size of the social service workforce has shrunk slightly to 200,650, a drop of 0.03% compared to 2015 and makes up approximately 7.7% of all Scottish employment. However the whole time equivalent measure of the workforce has increased by 0.15% since 2015 to 150,540.
A new feature in this year’s report is the stability index, that is, the number of people who are still in the same post as the previous year, which was 78%. This means just over three-quarters of the workforce stayed in the same post.
In most areas the private sector remains the biggest employer with the exception being the three island authorities of Orkney, Shetland and Na h-Eileanan Siar, where the public sector is the biggest employer.
Anna Fowlie, SSSC Chief Executive said:
‘Our new report shows that although the numbers in the social service workforce has dropped marginally the number of whole time equivalents has gone up to 150,540.
‘The social service workforce makes up 7.7% of all Scottish employment, around 1 in 13, so it’s a highly important sector. It will also keep on growing with policy changes like self-directed support and the increased entitlement of childcare hours meaning we will need more care at home/housing support and early years workers over the next few years.’
Key points from this year’s Workforce Data Report.
- The size of the workforce has decreased to 200,650, a drop of 0.03% since 2015. The social service workforce makes up approximately 7.7% of all Scottish employment.
- The whole time equivalent (WTE) measure of the workforce is 150,540, an increase of 0.15% since 2015.
- The stability index of the workforce is 78.0%. This means just over three-quarters of the workforce remained in the same post since last year.
- The largest employer type differs between local authority areas, with services in Orkney, Shetland and Na h-Eileanan Siar (the three island authorities) provided mainly by the public sector. However, in most areas the private sector is the largest employer.
- The three largest sub-sectors are housing support/care at home, care homes for adults and day care of children; together these account for almost 78% of the workforce.
- The median age of the workforce is highest in the public sector (48) and lowest in the private sector (40). Early years workers in the private sector have the lowest median age (28).
- The percentage of men working in the sector is 15%, although it is more than double that proportion in criminal justice and residential children’s services.
- The workforce is mainly employed on permanent contracts (81%).
- The median figure for the typical weekly hours worked by staff is 32 and 51% of the workforce work full time (more than 30 hours per week).
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 2016. The SSSC is an official statistics provider.