Publication - Statistics publication

Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland: 2017 statistics

Published: 28 Feb 2018
Directorate:
Chief Economist Directorate
Part of:
Economy, Statistics, Work and skills
ISBN:
9781788516792

Experimental statistics release on the first nine months of Scotland's devolved employment services, Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland.

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Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland: 2017 statistics
Work Able Scotland Statistics

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Work Able Scotland Statistics

On 3 April 2017, referrals to Work Able Scotland ( WAS), a devolved employment service for those with a health condition, began. It is one of two transitional services put in place before the introduction of Fair Start Scotland in April 2018. The service is managed by Skills Development Scotland.

Work Able Scotland is a voluntary service, tailored to meet individual need. It focuses on helping participants achieve their full potential and move towards becoming independent. It also seeks to help support employers who employ people participating in the service with a health condition.

A total of 934 people joined Work Able Scotland, as a result of 1,796 referrals made to the service during the period 3 April to 29 December 2017. This means 52% of those referred subsequently chose to participate. [4]

927 of these people had a recorded start date which fell within the same period.

Work Able Scotland Referrals and Starts

Table 6: Work Able Scotland referrals and starts during the period 3 April to 29 December 2017, by quarter

Table 6: WAS referrals and starts during the period 3 April to 29 December 2017, by quarter

Quarter

Referrals

Starts

1 (3 Apr – 29 Jun 2017)

666

171

2 (3 Jul – 29 Sept 2017)

728

525

3 (2 Oct – 29 Dec 2017)

402

231

Total Q1 - Q3

1,796

927

Work Able Scotland Participants

WAS participant information in this section is only about people who had a recorded start date on the service between 3 April and 29 December 2017, and is derived directly from data collected by WAS service providers.

The statistics are derived from information collected for equalities monitoring purposes. All information is self-reported.

Table 7: Work Able Scotland participants by age and gender, 3 April to 29 December 2017

Table 7: WAS participants by age and gender, 3 April to 29 December 2017

Age Group [7]

Female

Male

% by age group

Total

18-24

40

60

10.8

100

25-34

85

137

23.9

222

35-49

132

181

33.8

313

50-64

144

148

31.5

292

% by gender

43.3

56.7

100

Total

401

526

927

Table 7 shows that two thirds (65%) of those joining the service were aged 35 or over, with 11% of participants in the 18 to 24 age group. Females accounted for more than 40% of all those joining the service. Whilst the distribution of age groups is generally similar by gender, the proportion of females in the 50-64 age group (36%) is higher than the proportion of males in the same age group (28%).

Table 8: Work Able Scotland participants by type of impairment / health condition / learning difficulty, 3 April to 29 December 2017

Table 8: WAS participants by type of impairment / health condition / learning difficulty, 3 April to 29 December 2017

Type of long-term health condition

Number of all types of condition reported

% of all types of condition reported

Mental health

554

45.3

Other disability, impairment or medical condition

167

13.6

Long standing illness

143

11.7

Physical impairment/mobility

137

11.2

Learning difficulty

95

7.8

Social/communication

68

5.6

Deaf/hearing impairment

34

2.8

Visual impairment

26

2.1

Total

1,224

100 [6]

Table 8 shows that around 45% of all types of impairment / health conditon / learning difficulty reported by those joining WAS were mental health conditions. Other disabilities, impairments or medical conditions accounted for 14% of all types that were reported, whilst 12% were long standing illnesses. Physical impairments accounted for 11%.

Table 9: Work Able Scotland participants by number of types of impairment / health condition / learning difficulty, 3 April to 29 December 2017

Table 9: WAS participants by number of types of impairment / health condition / learning difficulty, 3 April to 29 December 2017

Number of types of long-term health condition

Number of WAS participants

% of WAS participants

1

528

57.0

2

222

23.9

3 or more

77

8.3

Unknown

100

10.8

Total

927

100

Table 9 shows that whilst the majority (57%) of WAS participants reported having one type of long-term health impairment / health condition / learning difficulty, a third (32%) reported having 2 or more.

Table 10: Work Able Scotland participants by ethnic group, 3 April to 29 December 2017

Table 10: WAS participants by ethnic group, 3 April to 29 December 2017

Ethnic group

Number of WAS participants

% of WAS participants

White

906

97.7

Non-White

20

2.2

Unknown

1

0.1

Total

927

100

Table 10 shows that just over 2% of participants reported being from a non-white ethnic group.


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