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, Rural Scotland 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. The data contained in this release is the most up to date as of March 2021.

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 data aimed at illustrating the impact of the pandemic including furlough data, job vacancies and PACE support.

The Oxford Economics forecasts presented in the RSAs were produced in November 2020. They reflect, for example, the introduction of tighter restrictions due to rising infection rates of COVID-19, the impact of the economic conditions for businesses, and the potential impacts of Brexit.

The next update of RSAs will be in June 2021 when updated Oxford Economics forecasts will be available – these are being developed to account for what has changed since November 2020. In the meantime, the RSA Data Matrix remains updated on a monthly basis and the team can be contacted at rsa@sds.co.uk to support with any queries.

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Aberdeen City And Shire

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RSA Infographic Ayrshire

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RSA Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Dumfries And Galloway

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RSA Infographic Edinburgh, East And Midlothian

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RSA Infographic Fife

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RSA Infographic Forth Valley

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RSA Infographic Glasgow College Region

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RSA Infographic Highlands And Islands

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RSA Infographic Lanarkshire

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RSA Infographic Scottish Borders

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RSA Infographic South Of Scotland

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RSA Infographic Tayside

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RSA Infographic West Lothian

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RSA Infographic West Region

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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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City Region Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Highland City Deal

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City Region Summary Infographic

RSA Infographic Stirling And Clackmannanshire City Deal

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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.