Scotland's Economy

  • This week: 10/05/19

    10th May 2019 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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 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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  • Island voices to be heard

    7th April 2019 by

    National consultation to empower island residents. Island communities are being encouraged to help shape the policies that affect them. A national consultation will inform the development of the first ever National Islands Plan, asking island residents to share opinions on the specific challenges they face – such as population retention, connectivity, economic development, housing, and...

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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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  • The anniversary of a fairer way to find work

    3rd April 2019 by

    One year ago today we launched Scotland’s first, fully devolved employment support service – Fair Start Scotland (FSS). Delivering a fairer, prosperous economy – with a more inclusive workforce – is a priority for the Scottish Government. To achieve this, we aim to deliver a fairer labour market and to continue to enhance the skills...

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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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