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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Report: Children’s Services Workforce 2015 (Scotland) - New SSSC data report

Written by The Editorial Team

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has published the Children’s Services Workforce 2015 report which provides a more detailed breakdown of the workforce in children’s services than was previously available.

The services examined in the report are day care of children, residential child care and school care accommodation.

In the past, the SSSC have only published data on children’s services at the level of the type of service (for example, all day care of children services). However, more detailed data is available for each of these service types examining the different sub-types (for example, creches, playgroups, nurseries etc.).

In the last year SSSC report a lot of requests for more detailed data on those working in day care of children and residential child care services. In most cases this is because of developments taking place, for example, the increase in day care of children service provision to 1140 hours of free care from 2021.

Data is broken down by the type of employer, numbers of staff and services, the hours worked by staff, whether staff are part time or full time, their gender, job function and type of contract.

This report aims to improve understanding of the social service workforce and support the development of policy and workforce planning at a national level, as well as local planning and that done by individual employers.

Employers can also use the data to benchmark and compare their workforce against others working in similar services with the same or different types of employers, for example comparing the balance of part-time and full-time staff they have against the average for their type of service.

Download the report here: