Yet more evidence of a growing Scottish economy. It all adds up



According to research by Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) in the Scottish Financial News yesterday, the demand for new accounting and finance staff has grown by 11% over the last year and the demand for insurance staff has grown by a whopping 18%.

This, of course, fits in with a wider set of linked economic indicators including unemployment generally falling significantly below rUK levels, employment rising and the economy growing at four times the UK rate:

Scotland in recession? No, the economy is growing. Are the Fraser of Allander Institute and its media followers talking through holes in their bahookies?

Nope, still no recession, Fraser of Allander ‘Institute’: Scottish employment climbs to record high while unemployment and inactivity falls over the quarter.

APSCo, are quoted, in the SFN report, as suggesting:

‘These are a strong set of figures for Scotland, with a number of sectors continuing to push growth across the region. The recent PMI figures back up this finding, as employment continues to significantly increase. With house prices showing the biggest increase in the UK, and firms such as Amazon eyeing up the development of a second delivery site in Aberdeen, there are lots of reasons to be very positive about the future employment in the country.’

Previously, there have been these other indicators confirming the good health of the Scottish economy and suggesting the GERS figures can go back in the box marked ‘Propaganda’:

As economy grows faster in Scotland than in England, rents for industrial space climb faster here too

And again, continuing evidence of a strengthening Scottish economy as small claims decrees fall 55%

Good news for the Scottish economy again! Big rise in permanent jobs and starting salaries climb in Scotland

‘Staggering’ 175% increase in Edinburgh office take-up is further evidence of booming Scottish economy

Oh no, not more good news about the Scottish economy! Quick get more tissues for Ruth and Kezia. Far Less [Fewer] businesses failing in Scotland for the second quarter in a row

I could have listed another six. Here’s the link to the GERS demolition:


10 thoughts on “Yet more evidence of a growing Scottish economy. It all adds up

  1. Bugger (the Panda) September 2, 2017 / 8:31 am

    The last time I remember Scotland charging ahead over all comers was in the days (the last ones) of the old SDA. Thatcher disbanded it because it was too successful and showed up the paucity of her rUK economic plan.

    The Tory MP who dreamed the destroy Scotland’s success story was a Tory MP from Dundee, Bill Walker.

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    • Bugger (the Panda) September 2, 2017 / 11:00 am

      never said that because he was ex RAF and I assume the oath of allegiance was a part of his psyche. I have friend in the USA who is of a military family and, although they think Trump is a dangerous homicidal maniac, their allegiance to the US Constitution makes him C in Chief, until he is no longer so, by democratic constitutional methods.

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      • Clydebuilt September 2, 2017 / 1:31 pm

        Not a Traitor to the UK ( for many UK = England) . . . Traitor to Scotland? . . . First time I’ve ever posted a comment which included the “T ” word. . . Suppose its a word I avoid.

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  2. Clydebuilt September 2, 2017 / 11:15 am

    The “Destroy Scotland’s Success Story” policy will be brought out of the cupboard and dusted down post Brexit. One example, the Scottish Government’s ability to protect and develop Scottish farming will be withdrawn by Westminister’s implementation of a single UK market for British food.

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    • Bugger (the Panda) September 2, 2017 / 11:20 am

      And our NHS and our Environmental Controls

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    • johnrobertson834 September 2, 2017 / 2:09 pm

      Perhaps the Scottish Government can protect this right in return for agreeing to Brexit deal? Me being optimistic again?

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      • Bugger (the Panda) September 2, 2017 / 2:21 pm

        NFC No Brexit, no deal and if May attempts to sell us to Kaiser Permanente, we, Scotland reserve the right to abrogate the deal without compensation, because it was made but by us but by another Country without our approval.

        Game over

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  3. Ludo Thierry September 2, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Hi John – Hi all. I noticed a story on beeb Scotland business page re. the Scottish Engineering industry group recording 4th consecutive quarter of growth. I realise you’ll cover it yourself in all probability but just posting a snippet here (I removed the obligatory beeb stuff about the supposed effects of constitutional issues on these businesses as seemed to be 2 different stories woven (badly) together):

    Scottish engineering firms reported a fourth consecutive quarter of growth –

    The quarterly survey by the Scottish Engineering industry group shows 44% of firms saw a rise in UK orders over the past three months, with 26% down.

    Exports were up for 39% of companies, and down for 25%.

    Output volumes were up for 41% and down for 24%.

    Asked if their business outlook is optimistic, managers at 36% of firms said they were, with 11% being pessimistic.

    Bryan Buchan, chief executive of Scottish Engineering, said: “As regards training, companies are addressing the shortage of specific skill sets and are either increasing their apprentice intake or upskilling members of their existing workforces.

    “Either way, they are ensuring that they will be able to accommodate the orders which they are winning.”

    Note the reference to “..addressing the shortage of specific skill sets..” – I would have thought the potential for an Indy Scotland within the EU (or with a Norway type arrangement) might help on that score – strange (or maybe not) that it didn’t get a mention amongst the various constittutional references in the full beeb piece.

    Thanks, ludo

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