Sample: Demographics. Sample Size: 2,169 responses, 1,678 complete responses. Gender: Male 26%, Female 74% Age: 18 to 24 - 2%, 25 to 34 - 17%, 35 to 44 - 21%, 45 to 54 - 36%, 55 to 64 - 23%. The highest proportion of respondents were between the ages of 45-54. Region: There were responses from those providing care and support in every local authority area in Scotland.Sector: Statutory sector - 69% 1,159, Voluntary sector - 25% 413, Private sector - 6% 98. Those providing adult services - 62%, Those providing children's services - 24%Sample: Working Conditions Only 4% stated that they were paid under the living wage. 2% were on zero hour contracts. 62% of respondents reported doing additional work most weeks. 'Staff are pushed more and more and more. After restructure my team is going from full time members of staff and two part time members of staff to just three part time members of staff. Despite this, our targets are up on the previous financial year'.People who work in social services are driven by a desire to make a difference. 57% of respondents said their work matched their personal values. This was more pronounced in the voluntary sector with 65% citing this reason 'it's about social justice and empowerment and supporting people who often get left behind'. What motivates you to remain in a caring profession? I'm not currently motivated/I'm trying to leave: first reason - 4%, second reason - 1%, third reason - 3%. Ability to work flexible hours: first reason - 6%, second reason - 3%, third reason - 1%. Using my own personal experience: first reason - 9%, second reason - 7%, third reason - 2%. Provides a regular income: first reason - 14%, second reason - 9%, third reason - 7%. Overall job satisfaction: first reason - 21%, second reason - 8%, third reason - 5%. The work matches my personal values: first reason - 19%, second reason - 24%, third reason - 14%. The opportunity to work with and support people: first reason - 17%, second reason - 28%, third reason - 24%. Making a difference: first reason - 11%, second reason - 20%, third reason - 44%. 75% of respondents said they were driven by a desire to make a difference.Overall, 78% of respondents said they were happy. All social services - 78% happy, Managers - 86% happy, Care workers - 78% happy, Social workers - 71% happy. Those who'd worked in the sector for over 20 years were more likely to strongly agree that they are happy (36%). Those who said they'd worked in the sector for 11-15 years were less likely to say they are happy (25%). 'Although I have said that I am happy i my job this is more complex. I am happy in the sense that I thoroughly enjoy the essence of my job and working with clients. However, this is an extremely challenging time, in Health and Social Care'.And they are experienced... 62% have worked in the sector for more than 10 years. Those who'd been in the sector longest (16+ years) had only had 1 post in the past 5 years. How long have you worked in Social services?

Workforce survey 2015 results