The Scottish government has released the seventh Experimental Statistics Publication in a series focusing on the devolved Scottish employability services. It considers the first nine months of the Health & Work Support Pilot (HAWS); the first year of Fair Start Scotland; and the first two years of Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland. These launched in June 2018, April 2018 and April 2017 respectively.
The seventh edition provides information on Fair Start Scotland participants that has not been included before:
- Those entering employment
- Those sustaining employment
- Those who leave the service early
- Demographic data for those joining the service at Local Authority area level
Also provided are the Health & Work Support Pilot first statistics concerning self-reported disability and ethnic group participants.
The key findings of the release consider findings up to 29 March 2019:
- 58% of those referred chose to join Fair Start Scotland (FSS). This amounted to 10,063 people joining in the first year.
- In the first quarter of 2019, there was an increase in referrals and starts when compared to the last quarter of 2018.
- 2,013 participants started a job after joining the FSS
- Those who started a job after joining the FSS had sustained employment for a minimum of 13 weeks (898 participants) and sustained employment for a minimum of 26 weeks (418 participants)
- Nearly two-thirds of participants reported having long-term health conditions, with the most prevalent being mental health conditions
- The Health & Work Support Pilot saw 930 people enrol since its launch in June 2018 and the most common health conditions reported were musculoskeletal
- 1,914 participants of Work First Scotland and Work Able had started jobs
The full Experimental Statistics publication can be accessed here.