Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland statistics: quarters one and two, 2017

This experimental statistics release is the first in a new series about Scotland’s devolved employment services.

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 and hence sufficient volumes of data to accumulate, with on-going quality assurance work being undertaken concurrently. This will allow additional and more in-depth analysis to be published in due course.

Information on employment outcomes 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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