Social, Caring and Advisory Services

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Do you want to help and support people with their physical and mental wellbeing? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of people who are experiencing social and emotional problems?

If you love working with people and are caring, calm and patient, then you might find working in the social, caring and advisory area a rewarding career.

What areas can I work in?

You could be working in advisory services, childcare and education, community education, psychology and counselling, social work or social care. You might specialise in working with adults or children, or help and support people of all ages.

What kind of companies can I work for?

You might work for:

What’s the job market like?

It can be quite difficult to get a job in advisory and counselling services, although there are lots of voluntary opportunities.

Community learning and development work includes adult learning, youth work and a wide range of other community support and development jobs.

Job prospects still remain fairly good in social care services, with 2017 figures indicating a rise in employment. There are currently 202,090 workers, compared to 200,650 in 2016, a rise of 0.7%. Around 35% of care services overall in Scotland reported vacancies in 2016, a slight increase from 34% in 2014, and there is a current demand for more mental health workers (MHOs). 

The largest three sub-sectors are still housing support/care at home, care homes for adults and day care of children. Collectively these account for 78% of the social services workforce.

Another trend has been the growth of the private and voluntary sectors in social services, as local authorities contract out care services to save money due to lower budgets. The private sector has the largest share, accounting for 42% of social services workforce, whilst the public sector is 31% and the voluntary sector 27%.

Facts and figures

Want to find out more?

The Scottish Social Services Council website has a section called ‘Careers and Education’, with lots of resources, including downloadable careers leaflets.

The website for the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care and Development, has a section called ‘Careers in Care’ with useful information.


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