Employability Services (Fair Start Scotland, Work Able Scotland, Work First Scotland)

The employability services are designed to help people with disabilities or who are at risk of long-term unemployment find sustained employment. The main service, Fair Start Scotland, started in April 2018. Work Able Scotland and Work First Scotland were transitional services, which accepted referrals during 2017-18, while preparations for Fair Start Scotland were completed. Participation is voluntary.

The Scottish Government has contracted specialist employability providers to deliver the services. Payments to providers are performance related and depend on how successful the providers are at supporting participants to find sustained employment.

Latest forecasts

On 31 May 2018, we produced updated forecasts for the Employability Programs.

Employability Services forecast – December 2018

£ million 2017-18 Outturn 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24
  12 19 19 28 22 9 0

Source: Scottish Fiscal Commission (2018) Scotland's Economic & Fiscal Forecasts December 2018

Figures may not sum due to rounding

Our report Scotland’s Economic and Fiscal Forecasts contains further information on the methodology used to forecast Employability Programs.

Supporting information

Scottish Fiscal Commission (2018) Scotland's Economic and Fiscal Forecasts December 2018

Scottish Fiscal Commission (2018) Scotland’s Economic and Fiscal Forecasts May 2018

Scottish Fiscal Commission (2017) Scotland’s Economic and Fiscal Forecasts December 2017

Employability in Scotland page on Fair Start Scotland

Employability in Scotland page on Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland