Publication - Statistics

Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland: statistics 2017-2018

Published: 23 May 2018
Directorate:
Chief Economist Directorate
Part of:
Work and skills
ISBN:
9781788519236

The third in a new series of experimental statistics about Scotland's Devolved Employment Services.

Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland: statistics 2017-2018
Work First Scotland Statistics

Work First Scotland Statistics

Work First Scotland ( WFS) is a devolved disability employment support service. It is one of two transitional services put in place before Fair Start Scotland, which launched on 3 April 2018. Referrals to WFS were made between 3 April 2017 and 9 March 2018.

Work First 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 disabled people participating in the service.

A total of 4,431 people joined Work First Scotland during the period 3 April 2017 to 30 March 2018, as a result of 6,927 referrals made to the service. This means 64% of those referred subsequently chose to participate. 3

Work First Scotland Referrals and Starts

Table 1: Work First Scotland referrals and starts during the period 3 April 2017 to 30 March 2018 [5] , by quarter

Table 1: WFS referrals and starts during the period 3 April 2017 to 30 March 2018, by quarter
Quarter Referrals Starts
1 (3 Apr – 29 Jun 2017) 2,343 1,394
2 (3 Jul – 29 Sept 2017) 2,086 1,366
3 (2 Oct – 29 Dec 2017) 1,315 785
4 (3 Jan – 30 March 2018) 1,183 886
Total Q1–Q4 6,927 4,431 [3]

Work First Scotland Participants

Work First Scotland participant information in this section is only about people who had a recorded start date on the service between 3 April 2017 and 30 March 2018, and is derived directly from data collected by WFS service providers. Total numbers of WFS participants in Tables 2, 4 and 5 (4,458) differ slightly from those in Table 1 (4,431) because they are derived from separate administrative systems. Please see the Technical Annex for more details.

The statistics on type of long-term health condition are derived from information collected by service providers for service delivery purposes, whilst those on age, gender and ethnic group are derived from information collected for equalities monitoring purposes. All information is self-reported.

Table 2: Work First Scotland participants by age and gender, 3 April 2017 to 30 March 2018

Table 2: WFS participants by age and gender, 3 April 2017 to 30 March 2018
Age Group Female Male Unknown % by age group Total
16-24 281 521 5 18.1 807
25-34 341 639 0 22.0 980
35-49 519 875 4 31.4 1,398
50-65+ 464 791 2 28.2 1,257
Unknown 8 8 0 0.4 16
% by gender 36.2 63.6 0.2 100 [6]  
Total 1,613 2,834 11   4,458

Table 2 shows that three in every five individuals (almost 60%) joining the service were aged 35 or over, and the distribution of age groups is very similar for both males and females. 18% of participants overall were aged between 16 and 24. Females accounted for just over a third of all those joining the service.

Table 3: Work First Scotland participants by type of long-term health condition, 3 April 2017 to 30 March 2018

Table 3: WFS participants by type of long-term health condition, 3 April 2017 to 30 March 2018
Type of long-term health condition Number of all types of condition reported % of all types of condition reported
Mental health condition 1,964 32.8
Long-term illness, disease or condition 1,044 17.5
Physical disability 1,037 17.3
Other condition 645 10.8
Learning difficulty (for example, dyslexia) 572 9.6
Deafness or partial hearing loss 207 3.5
Developmental disorder (for example, Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome) 175 2.9
Blindness or partial sight loss 172 2.9
Learning disability (for example, Down’s Syndrome) 164 2.7
Total 5,980 [7] 100

Table 3 shows that almost a third (33%) of all types of condition reported by those joining WFS were mental health conditions. Long-term illnesses, diseases or conditons, and physical disabilities both accounted for around 17% of all types of condition reported. A learning difficulty accounted for nearly 10% of all types of conditions reported.

Table 4: Work First Scotland participants by number of types of long-term health condition, 3 April 2017 to 30 March 2018

Table 4: WFS participants by number of types of long-term health condition, 3 April 2017 to 30 March 2018
Number of types of long-term health condition Number of WFS participants % of WFS participants
1 3,235 72.6
2 949 21.3
3 or more 268 6.0
Unknown 6 0.1
Total 4,458 100

Table 4 shows that whilst over two thirds (73%) of participants reported having one long-term health condition, around 27% of participants were recorded as having 2 or more conditions.

Table 5: Work First Scotland participants by ethnic group, 3 April 2017 to 30 March 2018

Table 5: WFS participants by ethnic group, 3 April 2017 to 30 March 2018
Ethnic group Number of WFS participants % of WFS participants
White 4,128 92.6
Minority ethnic [8] 167 3.7
Unknown 163 3.7
Total 4,458 100

Table 5 shows that almost 4% of participants reported being from minority ethnic groups.


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