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 and forecasts.

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 Enterprise.

What's changed?

Covering all Regional Outcome Agreement areas and all City and Growth Deal Regions, the RSAs offer the most detailed picture yet of the effect the Covid-19 pandemic is having on local labour markets across the country.

For the first time, SDS is committing to keeping all RSAs updated on a monthly basis with the latest data so that users are reassured they are accessing the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

For consistency, RSAs are being presented in an infographic format to mirror the accessible style of the national COVID-19 Labour Market Insights.

They also feature new data aimed at illustrating the impact of the pandemic including furlough data, job vacancies, PACE redundancy support.

In the most recent release of RSAs, Oxford Economics forecast data has been updated. This is to reflect, for example, the recent introduction of tighter restrictions due to rising infection rates of COVID-19, the impact of the economic conditions for businesses, and continued uncertainty over Brexit.

The next update of Oxford Economics data will be in Spring 2021. Other data included in the publication will continue to be updated monthly where available.

The updated RSA Data Matrix is now available, and further disaggregation of Oxford Economics data within this will be available by the end of the year.

30 October 2020

RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Aberdeen City And Shire

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Ayrshire

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Dumfries And Galloway

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Edinburgh, East And Midlothian

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Fife

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Forth Valley

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Glasgow College Region

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Higlands And Islands

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RSA Infographic Lanarkshire

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Scottish Borders

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic South Of Scotland

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Tayside

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic West Lothian

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic West Region

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27 November 2020

City Region Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Edinburgh And South East City Deal

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City Region Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Glasgow City Region

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27 November 2020

City Region Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Highland City Deal

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27 November 2020

City Region Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Stirling And Clackmannanshire City Deal

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27 November 2020

Growth Deal Summary Report

RSA Infographic Argyll And Bute Growth Deal

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Growth Deal Summary Report

RSA Infographic Falkirk Growth Deal

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Growth Deal Summary Report

RSA Infographic Islands Growth Deal

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Growth Deal Summary Report

RSA Infographic Moray Growth Deal

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Regional Skills Assessments

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RSA Data Matrix

The 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:

A rural cut of data is included in the RSA Data Matrix to support the actions set out in the Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland 2019 - 2021. This data is available by clicking the ‘Rural Local Authorities’ button.

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.

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