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 Economic Partnership.

What's changed?

Last year, the RSAs were re-focused 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.

This year, the RSA materials have been 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 Summary Reports and Infographics

The RSA Summary Reports provide an introduction to Scotland’s labour market and regional evidence on:

  • The Economy
  • Employment
  • Total Labour Market Requirement
  • Supply of People
  • Skills Shortages, Gaps and Challenges
  • Conclusions

RSA summary reports are available for Regional Outcome Agreement Areas, City Regions and Growth Deal areas.

RSA Infographics provide a succinct two-page visual summary of key evidence and are available for Regional Outcome Agreement Areas, City Regions, Growth Deal areas and Local Authorities.

The RSA outputs are included below along with a Technical Note regarding forecast data contained therein.

Alternatively, you can download RSA information specific to your local authority from the Local Work section.

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Regional Skills Assessments

Aberdeen And Aberdeenshire RSA Summary Report

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Regional Skills Assessments

Ayrshire RSA Summary Report

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Regional Skills Assessments

Dumfries And Galloway RSA Summary Report

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Regional Skills Assessments

Edinburgh, East And Midlothian RSA Summary Report

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Regional Skills Assessments

Fife RSA Summary Report

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Regional Skills Assessments

Forth Valley RSA Summary Report

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Regional Skills Assessments

Glasgow College Region RSA Summary Report

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Regional Skills Assessments

Highlands And Islands RSA Summary Report

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Regional Skills Assessments

Lanarkshire RSA Summary Report

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Regional Skills Assessments

Scottish Borders RSA Summary Report

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Regional Skills Assessments

South Of Scotland RSA Summary Report

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Tayside RSA Summary Report

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West Lothian RSA Summary Report

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Regional Skills Assessments

West Region RSA Summary Report

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RSA - City Region Summary Report

Edinburgh And South East Scotland City Region RSA Summary Report

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RSA - City Region Summary Report

Glasgow City Region RSA Summary Report

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RSA - City Region Summary Report

Inverness And Highland City Region RSA Summary Report

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RSA - City Region Summary Report

Stirling And Clackmannanshire City Region RSA Summary Report

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RSA - Growth Deal Summary Report

Argyll Rural Growth Deal RSA Summary Report

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RSA - Growth Deal Summary Report

Falkirk And Grangemouth Investment Zone RSA Summary Report

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RSA - Growth Deal Summary Report

Islands Growth Deal RSA Summary Report

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RSA - Growth Deal Summary Report

Moray Growth Deal RSA Summary Report

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RSA - Infographics

Aberdeen City And Shire RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Ayrshire RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Dumfries And Galloway RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Edinburgh East And Midlothian RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Fife RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Forth Valley RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Highlands And Islands RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Glasgow College Region RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Lanarkshire RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Scottish Borders RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

South Of Scotland RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Tayside RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

West Lothian RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

West Region RSA Infographic

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RSA - City Region Infographics

Edinburgh And South East Scotland City Region RSA Infographic

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RSA - City Region Infographics

Glasgow City Region RSA Infographic

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RSA - City Region Infographics

Inverness And Highland City Region RSA Infographic

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RSA - City Region Infographics

Stirling And Clackmannanshire City Region RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Falkirk And Grangemouth Investment Zone RSA Infographic

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RSA - Growth Deal Infographics

Argyll Rural Growth Deal RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Moray Growth Deal RSA Infographic

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RSA - Infographics

Islands Growth Deal RSA Infographic

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Aberdeen City

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Aberdeenshire

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Angus

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - City Of Edinburgh

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Clackmannanshire

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Dundee City

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - East Dunbartonshire

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - East Ayrshire

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RSA - Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - East Lothian

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - East Renfrewshire

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Glasgow City

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Inverclyde

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Midlothian

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Na H Eileanan Siar

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - North Ayrshire

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - North Lanarkshire

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Orkney Islands

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Perth & Kinross

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Renfrewshire

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RSA - Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Shetland Islands

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - South Ayrshire

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RSA - Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - South Lanarkshire

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - Stirling

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RSA - Local Authority Infographics

RSA Local Authority Infographic - West Dunbartonshire

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RSA - Infographics

RSA Infographic - Scotland

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Regional Skills Assessments

RSA - Technical Note

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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:

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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