Fair Start Scotland - year 4: annual report

Highlights the progress that our national employment support service Fair Start Scotland has made in its fourth year of delivery. It draws from evaluation research, provider and participant feedback to show the impact the service had on individuals and communities throughout 2021/2022.


1. Job outcome rates are reported for those where enough time has passed in both pre-employment support and to achieve outcomes:

Near final figures for job starts and early leavers are available up to the end of September 2021

Near final figures for 3 month job outcomes are available up to the end of June 2021

Near final figures for 6 month job outcomes are available up to the end of March 2021

Near final figures for 12 month job outcomes are available up to the end of September 2020

2. It should be noted that Fair Start Scotland provides 12–18 months pre-employment support, therefore the number of job starts, reported by year, reflects the year participants started on the service and not necessarily the year the job was commenced in.

3. The number of job starts from Year 4 participants includes 635 re-starts to the service.

4. It is important to note that the change to a digital support model has also impacted the collection of equalities data. We have been working with Service Providers to ensure response rates are maximised. For more information, see the Data Quality section in the Background Information of the Scotland's Devolved Employment Services: statistical summary.

5. "Who is using Fair Start Scotland" data is based upon the 42,589 people that started on the service during years 1 to 4, showing the characteristics that were reported for participants when they first joined.

6. Figures may not sum to 100% due to rounding and with gender unknown for 0.1% of participants in year 3.

7. Data on lone parents was collected from the launch of Fair Start Scotland in April 2018 whilst data on age of youngest child and number of dependent children were additionally collected from late 2019. Scottish Government worked with providers to implement and improve the collection of this data for the remainder of year 2, resulting in better quality data for year 3 onwards. As a result, the number and percentage of parents increases over time, but this is likely to be a result of data collection changes rather than changes to the number of parents supported. We will continue to collaboratively work with service providers to improve data collection and quality on priority family status going forward.

8. Early leavers are defined as those who leave the service prior to completing their pre-employment support period without securing a minimum of 16 hours sustainable employment.

9. Scottish Government Management Information.


Email: employabilityreporting@gov.scot

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