From the often more balanced and reliable BBC Scotland website news than the Broadcast versions:
- Scottish unemployment rate hits record low at 3.7%
- At 3.7%, the jobless rate is below that of the UK, which sits at 4.1%.
- ONS data revealed 75% of the working age population, those aged between 16 and 64, had some form of work.
- Scotland’s employment rate was ‘below’ [statistically insignificant difference] that of the UK as a whole, which is at 75.7%.
- Joblessness fell among both males and females, with the number of men out of work down by 8,000 over the period to 58,000, while the number of women without a job decreased 5,000 to 42,000.
- On employment for women and young people, a rate of 71.3% for women, higher than the UK rate of 71.2%, and 58.8% for young people, higher than the UK rate of 55.9%.
- Lower rates of unemployment for both women and young people.
It is also important to know about the quality of the employment experienced. It would be all very well to have increasing employment if it were primarily low-paid and insecure. At the end of October 2018, we were able to report that more Scots were getting the living wage, 54% fewer were in insecure work, more mothers were able to return, there were better conditions and better jobs, there was more workplace gender equality, more employee-ownership, there were more educated workers and more apprenticeships. See below for the evidence.
More mothers able to return to work as Scottish Government doubles free early learning and childcare
Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.
Scotland ‘poised to be a world leader’ in workplace gender equality
3 500 additional new-style apprenticeships confirmed for Scotland in 2018 as Scottish Government pushes on to increase youth employment further ahead of rUK
With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’
Are Scotland’s employers also different – more willing to pay a decent wage?
As the number of the employed yet homeless soars in Southern England it is falling and much lower in Scotland
UK Government urged to follow Scotland’s praised lead on employee ownership – another 8% story?
As oil prices soar and exploration increases, employment in Scotland’s oil industry returns to record levels
‘Scotland’s top private firms employed more people, increased salaries and witnessed a rise in profits in 2017.’
Once again, it’s the ‘8% of the UK population but much more of something good’ meme. This time it’s 33% of employee-owned firms in the UK
Is ‘insecure work’ far less common in Scotland and falling under the SNP? Is it as much as 54% more common in England and Wales?
Scotland has more educated workers than England: JRF Excerpt 2
80 000 lowest paid workers in NHS England still on poverty wages as NHS Scotland follows Scottish Government policy to pay a living wage to all public-sector employees