This is one of the main points to emerge from the Statistical Bulletin 'Staff of Scottish local authority social work departments, 1998', published by The Scottish Executive.
Other main points to emerge include:
The WTE number of local authority social work staff reached a peak of over 39,000 in 1994 and 1995, since when there has been an average annual reduction to 1998 of about 3.4 per cent.
The number of Home Care staff (WTE) employed by local authority social work departments decreased steadily since 1996, from 11,658 to 10,539 in 1998. This remained, however, higher than the number in 1980.
The numbers of Day Centre staff (WTE) employed by local authority social work departments decreased from 4,335 in 1996, to 3,727 in 1998. This also remained higher than the 1980 level.
1. 'Staff of Scottish Local Authority Social Work Departments, 1998' is the 21st in a series of annual statistical publications. Owing to changes in classifications and definitions on the census form used, detailed comparisons between different years is not always possible. This is particularly the case since 1997.
2. Time series tables in this edition include estimated figures for The Scottish Borders for the years 1995, 1996 and 1997, when actual figures were not available.