Scotland's Economy

  • This week: 19/4/19

    18th April 2019 by

    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: 12/4/2019

    12th April 2019 by

    Offshore wind summit announced Trade unions, offshore wind developers, supply chain companies and government will come together to look at maximising the offshore wind farm sector. The Scottish Government and UK Government will host the Edinburgh summit to look at how UK companies can benefit more from the build-out of offshore wind farms in UK...

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  • This week: 05/4/19

    5th April 2019 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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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  • Scotland: an attractive place to invest

    14th March 2019 by

    With investment in Scottish commercial property topping £2.3 billion, 37% ahead of the 10-year annual average, the sector in Scotland is buoyant. Couple that with Scotland being named one of the most beautiful countries in the world – according to Rock Guide – and its little wonder businesses are keen to locate here. In fact,...

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  • Energy networks to secure low carbon future

    13th March 2019 by

    The role our energy networks will need to play if we are to secure a low carbon future has been outlined. The Electricity and Gas Networks Vision Statement follows extensive engagement with stakeholders including consumer representatives, Scotland’s electricity and gas network businesses and the energy regulator Ofgem. The Statement: Underlines the need for our electricity...

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  • This week: 08/03/19

    8th March 2019 by

    Women in the economy Tackling the gender gap in enterprise is an economic and moral imperative for the Scottish Government, and we have taken various measures to support more women to set up and succeed in business. Actions have seen the proportion of women actively starting a business in Scotland catching-up to the UK average...

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  • Welcoming International Women’s Day

    8th March 2019 by

    Today is International Women’s Day. It’s also the last day of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Although very different in scale and theme, both events share an overarching theme: creating and celebrating opportunity. The opportunity I want to focus on during this important day, both as a woman but also as the Digital Economy Minister for Scotland,...

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