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.

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 regional labour markets across the country. The data contained in this release is the most up to date at the time of writing.

This iteration of the RSAs is based on a hybrid model which includes high level ‘at a glance’ infographics with accompanying context slides to provide further insight. The reports also contain a spotlight chapter and this iteration focuses on regional specific data from the Scottish Employer Skills Survey. They also feature data aimed at illustrating the impact of the pandemic including furlough data, job vacancies and PACE support.

Oxford Economics forecast data has been updated in this release of the RSAs. These reflect, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic, the current economic conditions for businesses, and continued uncertainty over Brexit.

The RSA Data Matrix remains updated on a regular basis and the team can be contacted at rsa@sds.co.uk to support with any queries.

1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report West Region

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report West Lothian

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report South Of Scotland

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report Tayside

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report Scottish Borders

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report - Lanarkshire

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report Glasgow College Region

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report - Highlands And Islands

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report Glasgow City Region

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report - Forth Valley

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report - Ayrshire

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report - Dumfries And Galloway

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report - Edinburgh, East And Midlothian

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1 April 2022

RSA Regional Report - Fife

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Summary Report

RSA Regional Report - Aberdeen City And Shire

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31 March 2021

City Region Summary Infographic

RSA City Region report - Glasgow City Region

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1 April 2022

RSA - City Region Infographics

RSA City Region Report - Edinburgh And South East City Deal

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1 January 0001

City Region Summary Infographic

RSA City Region Report - Highland City Deal

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1 April 2022

RSA Summary Infographic

RSA City Region Report - Stirling And Clackmannanshire

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9 July 2021

Growth Deal Summary Report

RSA Growth Deal report - Argyll And Bute

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1 April 2022

Growth Deal Summary Report

RSA Growth Deal Report - Falkirk

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1 April 2022

RSA - Growth Deal Summary Report

RSA Growth Deal Report - Islands

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1 April 2022

RSA - Growth Deal Summary Report

RSA Growth Deal Report - Moray

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1 January 0001

RSA Report Rural Scotland

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1 January 0001

RSA Technical Note March 2022

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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.