1Call Direct Take A Look At Scottish Employment
Glasgow, UK, July 2013 - According to official figures the number of Scots in work has reached its highest level for more than four years. Office for National Statistics data for the period April to June showed a total of 253,100 people in employment which is 13,000 up on the previous quarterly figure and the highest total since early 2009, according to the Scottish government.
Meanwhile, unemployment in Scotland fell slightly between April and June. The number of jobless fell by 1,000 over the three months to June, to stand at 198,000. The Scottish unemployment rate is now 7.2%, which is below the average of 7.8% for the whole of the UK and the number of people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance fell by 2,900 between June and July to reach 129,300. The figure is 12,600 lower than July last year.
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore described the latest labour market figures as "encouraging news". He commented that even though we are seeing some positive signs in the economy's recovery it is important to keep focusing on creating the best conditions for growth and jobs.
Scottish Labour's finance spokesman, Iain Gray, said an improvement in the unemployment rate was always welcome, but the time had come "to get past the headline figures". Workers are experiencing rapidly declining real wages and rising insecurity of employment so they don't feel as if they're benefiting from an improving economy and labour market.
1Call Direct Owner Paul Jones commented “What we need is for more Scottish-based businesses to be able to offer full-time, long-term contracts. We are fortunate to be in a position right now that means we can do just that. We are holding a recruitment drive for permanent positions with higher than average salaries, bonuses and a solid incentives program.”
The latest figures add to a wide range of indicators that are pointing towards evidence of a more broadly-based economic recovery in Scotland, 1Call Direct agree it couldn’t come soon enough.
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