Scotland’s Devolved Employment Services

27 Nov 2019 12:47 PM

An Experimental Statistics Publication for Scotland.

This experimental statistics release is the ninth in a series about the devolved Scottish employability services.

Statistics published today cover the first 18 months of the Scottish Government's Fair Start Scotland employment support service, which launched in April 2018.

This voluntary service seeks to give personalised help to people who want to get back into work, including those with a disability, additional support needs or a health condition. It also supports the long term unemployed, care leavers or those from a minority ethnic background.

These statistics also cover the first fifteen months of the Health & Work Support Pilot which launched in June 2018. This service delivers increased health and employability support for people living with disabilities and health conditions in Fife and Dundee.

Key findings up to the end of September 2019 include:


* The proportion of people joining FSS will continue to increase for the most recent quarter because some individuals referred to the service will not have had enough time to join the service before the end of September 2019.  

The full Experimental Statistics publication can be accessed here.

These statistics include the first data on 52 week job outcomes.

Work First Scotland closed in July 2019, and Work Able Scotland closes in November 2019, so commentary on the services have been removed from publications. Statistics on both services are still available in the Excel tables (Tables 17 to 36) which accompany the publication. The last publication to contain commentary was published in May 2019 .

This is an Experimental Statistics publication. Experimental Statistics are a type of official statistics that are undergoing development. They are defined in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics as: 'new official statistics undergoing evaluation that are published in order to involve users and stakeholders in their development as a means to build in quality at an early stage'.

The scope of this statistical series has expanded since the first publication in December 2017, as new devolved services have launched and more data becomes available to publish, as the services mature.

To ensure the publication is developing in a way which is useful to people, we are asking for users’ views on a range of topics.