• David Sharp
  • 14 October 2015

UK employment statistics show mixed picture

UK employment statistics are showing a mixed picture.  The UK labour market is going from strength to strength, with the proportion of people in work now at a record high of 73.6%, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics. However, the picture is less rosy in Scotland.

Statistics show that the employment in Scotland decreased by 6,000 over the three months June to August. This means that the number of those in employment in Scotland now stands at 2,610,000.

The Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell said:

“Across the UK there are now a near record number of vacancies. For individuals and families across Scotland we need to ensure they can see the UK and Scottish Governments working together and doing everything they can to help our businesses grow and ensure everyone who works hard have the opportunities they need to succeed.”

To view the Department for Work and Pensions press releases see Employment rate reaches record high as strong pay growth continues and October Labour Market Statistics for Scotland