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Scotland’s Devolved Employment Services – Seventh Experimental Statistics Publication

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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.



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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.


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