RSAs provide the evidence we need to plan skills investment in Scotland's people and businesses.

What are Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs)?

The aim of Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) is to provide a coherent evidence base to inform future investment in skills, built up from existing datasets.

RSAs are developed and used by SDS and its partners including: Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government, the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group and the South of Scotland Economic Partnership.

What's changed?

Last year, the RSAs were re-focussed in response to the Enterprise and Skills Review to support Skills Alignment. This includes a five-step planning model, the first step of which is a Skills Demand Assessment.

To continue to support this, the suite of RSA resources has maintained its focus on demand side evidence. They highlight economic and labour market data, offering trends, forecasts and insight for RSA regions, City Regions, Growth Deal areas and Local Authorities.

This year, the RSA materials will be released in two phases:

  • Phase one: release of the new interactive RSA Data Matrix in August 2019
  • Phase two: release of RSA Summary Reports and Infographics in October 2019

RSA Data Matrix

The new RSA Data Matrix is an interactive tool, offering data from a variety of sources in a visually engaging format. The data covers three themes:

  • Skills Supply: the supply of people within the labour market
  • Skills Demand: the demand for skills within the labour market
  • Skills Mismatches: where there is a gap between the demand for skills and the supply of skills within the labour market.

The RSA Data Matrix is available below. If you are viewing this page on a mobile device, please click here to view the Data Matrix. 

Associated guidance for details on how to use the interactive tool:

If you have any queries, comments, wish to provide any feedback or require this report in an alternative format, please contact rsa@sds.co.uk.

Key reports and infographics

The key reports and infographics are due to be updated in October 2019.

Download RSA information specific to your local authority from the Local Work section.

Alternatively, the RSA outputs are included below.

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

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1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - Ayrshire

PDF 1956 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - Dumfries and Galloway

PDF 1916 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - Fife

PDF 1922 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - Forth Valley

PDF 1538 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - Glasgow Region

PDF 1921 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - Highlands & Islands

PDF 1940 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - Lanarkshire

PDF 1919 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - Edinburgh East and Midlothian

PDF 1935 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - West Region

PDF 1944 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - Scottish Borders

PDF 1893 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - South of Scotland

PDF 1929 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - Tayside

PDF 1923 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Summary Report - West Lothian

PDF 1541 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - City Deal Summary Report

City Deal Summary Report - Edinburgh and South East Scotland Region

PDF 1939 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - City Deal Summary Report

City Deal Summary Report - Glasgow City Region

PDF 1929 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - City Deal Summary Report

City Deal Summary Report - Inverness and Highland Region

PDF 1540 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - City Deal Summary Report

City Deal Summary Report - Stirling and Clackmannanshire

PDF 1553 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Growth Deal Summary Report

Growth Deal Summary Report - Argyll and Bute Rural

PDF 1540 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Growth Deal Summary Report

Growth Deal Summary Report - Falkirk Investment Zone

PDF 1551 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Growth Deal Summary Report

Growth Deal Summary Report - The Islands

PDF 1918 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Growth Deal Summary Report

Growth Deal Summary Report - Moray

PDF 1922 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Aberdeen City and Shire

PDF 142 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Ayrshire

PDF 94 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Dumfries and Galloway

PDF 98 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographics - Edinburgh, East and Midlothian

PDF 133 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Fife

PDF 140 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Forth Valley

PDF 141 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Glasgow

PDF 141 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Highlands and Islands

PDF 141 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Lanarkshire

PDF 94 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Scottish Borders

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - South of Scotland

PDF 97 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Tayside

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - West Lothian

PDF 94 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - West Region

PDF 93 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - City Deal Infographics

City Deal Infographic - Edinburgh and South East Scotland Region

PDF 96 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - City Deal Infographics

City Deal Infographic - Glasgow City Region

PDF 94 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - City Deal Infographics

City Deal Infographic - Inverness and Highland Region

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - City Deal Infographics

City Deal Infographic - Stirling and Clackmannanshire

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Growth Deal Infographics

Growth Deal Infographic - Argyll and Bute Rural

PDF 142 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Growth Deal Infographics

Growth Deal Infographic - Falkirk Investment Zone

PDF 141 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Growth Deal Infographics

Growth Deal Infographic - The Islands

PDF 142 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Growth Deal Infographics

Growth Deal Infographic - Moray

PDF 142 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Aberdeen City

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Aberdeenshire

PDF 92 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Angus

PDF 93 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Clackmannanshire

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Dundee City

PDF 96 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - East Ayrshire

PDF 94 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - East Dunbartonshire

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - East Lothian

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - East Renfrewshire

PDF 94 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Edinburgh

PDF 96 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Eilean Siar

PDF 94 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Glasgow

PDF 94 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Growth Deal Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Inverclyde

PDF 94 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Midlothian

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - North Ayrshire

PDF 142 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - North Lanarkshire

PDF 142 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Orkney Islands

PDF 142 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographics - Perth and Kinross

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Renfrewshire

PDF 94 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Shetland Islands

PDF 94 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - South Ayrshire

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - South Lanarkshire

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infographic - Stirling

PDF 95 Kb

1 October 2018

RSA - Local Authority Infographics

Local Authority Infopgraphic - West Dunbartonshire

PDF 94 Kb

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