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Improving employment

Published: 17 Dec 2015 13:15

Employment level and rate in exceed those seen before the recession.

The latest Annual Population Survey has shown a positive picture for Scottish employment over the year up to September.

The publication is produced by the Scottish Government and shows the following:

  • The number of people in employment in Scotland (2,574,600) is the highest seen from the survey since it began in 2004
  • The headline employment level and rate in Scotland both exceed those seen at the start of the recession
  • Female employment levels and rates are the highest on record since comparable records began in 2004.

Work Programme statistics have also been released showing that as of September 30, 25.4 per cent of eligible referrals to the Work Programme in Scotland have achieved a job outcome. This compares to 27.7 per cent of eligible referrals for Great Britain.

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said:

"Following figures from the ONS earlier this week that showed some improvements for both employment and unemployment in Scotland, today's survey is further evidence of Scotland's growing economic strength.

"We need to make sure we're paying close attention to longer-term trends, not just short-term volatility and today's figures mirror those from the ONS that suggest a positive picture compared to the start of recession.

"There can be no complacency and we will continue to do everything we can to grow the economy, increase employment and lower unemployment, despite the tough choices needed to be taken in the Scottish budget due to ongoing Westminster austerity."

Commenting on the Work Programme statistics also published today by DWP, Ms Cunningham added:

"Today's figures on the Work Programme again demonstrate that it is not fit for purpose and that consulting on a new approach for Scotland when new powers are devolved in 2017 was the right thing to do.

"However, a 75 per cent cut to Scottish employability services from the UK spending review will severely affect our ability to implement a new service. The UK proposals will magnify the challenge of helping those further from the labour market into work and I have written to the UK Work and Pensions Secretary seeking an explanation on the implications of the announcements for Scotland."

Notes to editors

The latest Annual Population Survey can be found at:

Figures on the Work Programme can be found at