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Scottish Employment at Record High Despite Warnings of Falling Standards

Figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that employment in Scotland reached a record level between September and November

The latest data regarding employment in Scotland showed that there had been a substantial rise in the number of people in some sort of employment with 21,000 more Scots in work, compared with the previous quarter, bringing the total to 2,631,000.

Out of the four nations in the UK, Scotland has the highest employment rate with the employment rate in Scotland being 0.3% higher than the national average of 74.6%. Indeed, unemployment in the same period fell by 11,000, a rate of 0.7%.

Scotland's Fair Work Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "I am very pleased to note this month's figures, which reinforce the positive longer-term trends in Scotland's labour market.

"Employment has continued to rise and unemployment to fall - with more Scots in work than ever before. Youth employment figures continue to be strong, outperforming the UK statistics.

"However, we are not complacent and we recognise that a number of significant challenges remain beneath these encouraging headline figures."

Concern over Female Employment

Despite the growth in the number of workers in employment, some expressed concerns over the standards of improving employment. A committee found that there had been a decline in overall job quality in Scotland and an increase in low paid or zero-hour contract roles. While many focussed on the positives regarding the decrease in the number of workers out of work, some expressed concern regarding the standard of job and the lack of females in employment.

Scottish Trades Union Congress general secretary Grahame Smith said: "There is no doubt that today's figures are very positive with a significant increase in employment and a similar fall in unemployment.

"It is noteworthy that the employment rate has now achieved its pre-recession peak.

"However, once again, men account for all the growth in jobs and most of the fall in unemployment.

"Given that there's no plausible explanation for the rapidly deteriorating relative position of women in the Scottish labour market, the STUC is concerned with the quality of the gender-disaggregated statistics and would encourage ONS to reassess its processes in this respect."

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