Fair Start Scotland - 2018, quarters 1 and 2, Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland - 2018, quarter 2

Fifth publication in a series about the devolved Scottish employability services provides statistics for the first six months of Fair Start Scotland, which launched in April 2018, and the first 18 months of Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland, which both launched in April 2017.

Experimental statistics: data being developed

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'.

These statistics are being released as such primarily to allow time for the devolved employment services to embed, with on-going quality assurance work being undertaken on the data concurrently. This will allow additional and more in-depth analysis to be published in due course.

Information on the employment outcomes of Fair Start Scotland participants will be published in future releases, at an appropriate point in the timeline of the services.

User feedback will help shape the development of this statistical series and so comments on content and presentation are welcomed.

Correspondence and enquiries

For enquiries about this publication, please contact:

Kirsty MacLean
Office of the Chief Economic Adviser - Economic Strategy, Employability Statistics

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