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This week: 17/5/19

17th May 2019

Labour Market Statistics This month’s labour market statistics update, released by the ONS for January 2019 to March 2019, showed that the Scottish economy and jobs market continues to strengthen. The update showed: 2,682,000 people are now in work in Scotland Unemployment in Scotland fell to 3.2%, the lowest rate on record Scotland’s female employment…

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This week: 10/05/19

10th May 2019

Labour Productivity Statistics The latest labour productivity statistics were released and show Scotland is performing well. Key figures included: In 2018 Quarter 4, labour productivity in Scotland, measured by output per hour worked, has increased by 2.3% in real terms (inflation adjusted) compared to the same quarter last year Compared to the previous quarter, labour…

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This week: 03/05/19

3rd May 2019

New export growth plan launched The Scottish Government has launched ‘A Trading Nation’, an export plan backed by £20 million investment, to help increase the value of Scotland’s overseas exports and provide support to businesses considering overseas trade. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched the plan at the 22nd National Economic Forum in Edinburgh alongside Economy…

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This week: 26/04/19

26th April 2019

Cyber Scotland Week Cyber Scotland Week draws together events across Scotland to showcase the innovation taking place across the sector, raise awareness of good cyber resilience practice and promote careers within the industry. Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes attended events throughout the week, including the College Cyber Security conference and the National Cyber Security Centre,…

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This week: 19/4/19

18th April 2019

Labour Market Statistics Scotland’s Labour Market statistics from December 2018 to February 2019 showed: 2,688,000 people are now in work in Scotland Scotland’s employment rate rose by 0.3 p.p. over the quarter  to 75.6% Unemployment in Scotland fell to 3.3%, the lowest rate on record Scotland’s youth employment rate is 59.5%, higher than UK rate…

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This week: 05/4/19

5th April 2019

Fair Start Scotland Fair Start Scotland celebrated its first anniversary this week. As Scotland’s first, fully devolved employment support service, Fair Work Minister Jamie Hepburn explains the aims of the service & the role it plays in delivering a fairer, more prosperous economy Read more about Fair Start Scotland Newton Rooms Public Finance and Digital…

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This week: 29/3/19

29th March 2019

Research and Development statistics Record amounts are being spent on research and development, according to the latest Scottish Government statistics. Gross Expenditure on Research and Development (GERD) in 2017, one of the key measures of innovation, saw around £2.5 billion spent, predominately by businesses and higher education institutions. Read more about Research and Development spend…

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This week: 22/3/19

22nd March 2019

Labour Market Statistics Scotland’s Labour Market statistics from November 2018 to January 2019 showed: Scotland’s employment rate rose by 0.3 percentage points to 75.3% Unemployment in Scotland fell to 3.4%, the lowest rate on record Unemployment rate in Scotland (3.4%) is lower than the UK (3.9%) for sixth month in a row Scotland’s youth employment…

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Mobile coverage must reflect far higher level of ambition

18th March 2019

Mobile coverage in Scotland will continue to lag behind the rest of the UK unless Ofcom sets more ambitious coverage targets, the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust have warned. In a joint response to Ofcom’s consultation on the forthcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction, both organisations have urged the regulator to look at all options…

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This week: 15/03/19

15th March 2019

Scotland’s space industry Scotland’s space sector could be worth £4 billion by 2030, Innovation Minister Ivan McKee said during a space industry debate in Scottish parliament this week. Mr McKee outlined the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to introduce at least one spaceport by the early 2020s. Read more about Scotland’s space industry   Borderlands Infrastructure…

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