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.

To see the routes to getting into each of these sectors, take a look at our Career Pathway.

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 are good in social care services, with an ageing population leading to more demand. In 2020 there were 134,640 people employed in adult social care, 80% of which were female. 

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 79% of the social services workforce.

As a result of the increase in free childcare hours, the Scottish Government has been increasing training opportunities and routes to all parts of the Early Learning and Childcare sector since 2017, resulting in a record workforce of over 37,000 employees. 

Currently around 4% of the daycare of children workforce is male. In an effort to increase this the Scottish Government have introduced a £50,000 Men in Early Years Challenge Fund aiming to increase the number of men enrolling for childhood practice courses. Men in Childcare (MiC) promotes training and recruitment for men in early years.

Facts and figures

The care and social services sector makes up 8% of employment in Scotland.
The private sector was the largest employment type for adult services at 42% and second for children’s services at 34% in 2020.
15% of the workforce are male, but it is almost double in the criminal justice and residential children’s services sub-sectors.
The average working age in public sector employment is 47, and in the private sector 40. The average age of early years workers in the private sector is 29.
There were 190,400 employed in social care in Scotland in 2021.

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 Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care and Development, has the ‘A Question of Care’ website with information on careers in care.



Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Career Pathway

Social, Caring & Advisory Services Career Pathway
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