We’ve published a new data report Adults’ Services Workforce 2017, which is our second such report.
It supplements data already published in the Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2017 Workforce Data (Scottish Social Services Council, August 2018). We plan to continue publishing the report annually.
The social service workforce make up approximately 7.7% of all Scottish employment and 71% of this is workers in the adults’ services sector.
As well as looking at adults’ services as a whole, the report looks more closely at the two largest sub-sectors: care homes for adults and housing support/care at home.
This report has two parts.
- An overview of the headcount, numbers of services, median number of staff and employer type for all adults’ services’ sub-sectors.
- Median hours, age, gender, part time/full time, job function and contract type for the workforce in care homes for adults and housing support/care at home services.
New in this report
A new feature in this year’s report is the workforce headcount and number of active services as a percentage of Scottish social services compared to the 2008 and 2016 figures. This shows there is little change in the adults’ services share of both services and workforce; 29% and 71% respectively.
- The size of the workforce in adults’ services has increased to 143,600, a rise of 1,190 since 2016.
- 43% of the adults’ services workforce work for private employers, followed by 31% voluntary and 26% public. However this split is not constant across sub-sectors.
- The voluntary sector is the largest employer type in the housing support/care at home sub-sector at nearly 46% yet the private sector dominates the care homes for adults sub-sector at 71%.
- Care homes for adults and housing support/care at home employ by far the majority of staff with 123,370 staff between them (86%).
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 adults’ services sector in Scotland at the end of 2017. The SSSC is an official statistics provider.