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 on which to base future investment in skills, built up from existing datasets.

They highlight economic and labour market data, offering trends and forecasts at both regional and local authority level. They include an introduction to the region’s economy, place and people; past, current and forecast employment demand; and implications for planning.

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

What's changed?

This year the RSAs focus much more on demand side evidence. Recent proposals in the Enterprise and Skills Review around Skills Alignment include a five step planning model. The first step is Skills Demand Assessment. The RSAs this year are designed specifically to support Step 1 and the central section of the RSAs are focused on forecast employment demand 2017-2027.

As a result, the format of the outputs has changed. For the RSA regions:

  • An RSA Insight report covering an introduction to the region’s economy, place and people; past, current and forecast employment demand; and implications for planning.
  • An accompanying slidepack.
  • An infographic summarising the future employment demand.

For the City Deals:

  • An RSA Insight report covering an introduction to the region’s economy, place and people; past, current and forecast employment demand. Implications can be found in the relevant RSA Insight reports.
  • An accompanying slidepack.

For the Local Authorities:

  • A Local Authority Summary report summarising the RSA Insight report with a local authority focus, specifically looking at issues and challenges, gaps in the evidence and implication for skills planning.

Key reports and slide packs

Download RSA information specific to your local authority in the In Your Area section.

Alternatively, all the outputs including the data matrix are included below.

13 December 2017

RSA - Data Matrix

Data Matrix - Economic Performance 2017

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13 December 2017

RSA - Data Matrix

Data Matrix - Profile of the Workforce 2017

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13 December 2017

RSA - Data Matrix

Data Matrix - People and Skills Supply 2017

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13 December 2017

RSA - Data Matrix

Data Matrix - Skills Mismatches 2017

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13 December 2017

RSA - Data Matrix

Data Matrix - Other Economic Indicators 2017

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13 December 2017

RSA - Data Matrix

Data Matrix - User Guide 2017

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13 December 2017

RSA - Data Matrix

Data Matrix - Oxford Economics Technical Note

PDF 297 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - Aberdeen City and Shire

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13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - Ayrshire

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13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - Dumfries and Galloway

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13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - Scottish Borders

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RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - Edinburgh, East and Midlothian

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13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - Glasgow Region

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13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - Fife

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13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - Forth Valley

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13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - Lanarkshire

PDF 1951 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - Highlands and Islands

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13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - South of Scotland

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13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - Tayside

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13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - West Region

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13 December 2017

RSA - Insight Report

RSA Insight Report - West Lothian

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13 December 2017

RSA - City Deal Insight Report

RSA City Deal Insight Report - Glasgow

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13 December 2017

RSA - City Deal Insight Report

RSA City Deal Insight Report - Edinburgh and South East Scotland

PDF 2563 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - City Deal Insight Report

RSA City Deal Insight Report - Inverness and Highland

PDF 3274 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - City Deal Insight Report

RSA City Deal Insight Report - Stirling and Clackmannanshire

PDF 1416 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Aberdeen City

PDF 732 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Aberdeenshire

PDF 733 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Angus

PDF 725 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Argyll and Bute

PDF 727 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Clackmannanshire

PDF 726 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Dundee City

PDF 736 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - East Ayrshire

PDF 730 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - East Dunbartonshire

PDF 729 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - East Lothian

PDF 691 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report- East Renfrewshire

PDF 468 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Edinburgh City

PDF 354 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Eilean Siar

PDF 461 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Falkirk

PDF 357 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Glasgow City

PDF 353 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Highland

PDF 465 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Inverclyde

PDF 469 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Composite Islands Summary

RSA Composite Islands Summary

PDF 466 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Midlothian

PDF 350 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Moray

PDF 348 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - North Ayrshire

PDF 727 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - North Lanarkshire

PDF 728 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Orkney Islands

PDF 725 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Renfrewshire

PDF 731 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Shetland Islands

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13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - South Ayrshire

PDF 728 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - South Lanarkshire

PDF 728 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - Stirling

PDF 733 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Local Authority Summary Report

RSA Local Authority Summary Report - West Dunbartonshire

PDF 728 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Composite Islands Summary

RSA Composite Islands Summary

PDF 466 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Aberdeen City and Shire

PDF 512 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Ayrshire

PDF 507 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Borders

PDF 509 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Dumfries and Galloway

PDF 513 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Edinburgh, East and Midlothian

PDF 512 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Fife

PDF 574 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Forth Valley

PDF 503 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Glasgow Region

PDF 511 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Highlands and Islands

PDF 547 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Lanarkshire

PDF 509 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - South of Scotland

PDF 507 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Tayside

PDF 516 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - West Lothian

PDF 508 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - West Region

PDF 508 Kb

13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Aberdeen City and Shire

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Ayrshire

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Borders

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Dumfries and Galloway

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Edinburgh, East and Midlothian

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Forth Valley

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Fife

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Glasgow Region

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Highlands and Islands

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Lanarkshire

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - South of Scotland

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Tayside

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - West Lothian

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - West Region

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Glasgow City Deal

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Inverness and Highlands City Region Deal

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13 December 2017

RSA and City Deal Slidepacks

RSA Slidepack - Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal

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