Unemployment Increases in Scotland
At the beginning of this year, the unemployment rate in Scotland increased, with a 0.2% and become closer to the UK rate as a whole.
In Scotland, 124,000 of people (those aged 16+) are not employed, according to an official report in February 2018.
Meanwhile, the number of employed dropped to reach 2,632,000, with a slight change when compared with the previous quarter.
In his talk with BBC, Jamie Hepburn, Scotland’s Employability Minister, said “described the latest data as disappointing, adding that the Scottish government recognises the need for further investment in our economy and labour market.”
On March 2018, Stuart McIntyre, A Lecturer in Economics at the University of Strathclyde, tweeted: “Today’s labour market headlines for #Scotland: 10,000 more people in work than a year ago (employ. rate +0.6% points); unemployment 2,000 lower than a year ago (unemp. rate -0.1% points); 19,000 fewer people economically inactive than a year ago (inactivity rate -0.5% points).”
When asked McIntyre if it possible to decrease of the current unemployment rate he said, “Given that the Scottish unemployment rate is near its historic low I am not sure how much lower you want it (or anticipate it feasible) to go?
I suggested as a solution if government support the small businesses and entrepreneurs can this results in the increase employment. And it also would play a role of decreasing the jobless in Scotland.
McIntyre Said: “In theory, yes support for SMEs and entrepreneurs should support employment in that it might draw people into employment who otherwise aren’t, but there will also be a degree of displacement (people moving form employees to self-employment but doing essentially the same job on a different contractual basis).”
The youth unemployment has seen a decrease with 1.1 difference than last year, according to the government report.
Sara, working in a restaurant in Glasgow, is the one of many who was trying to find a suitable and stable job to achieve her ambition. I met her in Clyde 1 recruitment fair earlier this year and she said: “I applied for quite different jobs and I am still working at the same restaurant I just do now, but I am not really heard a lot back some of them need more experience to what you have and some of them think it is not suitable for you which quit frustrating. Because it like going back to school you don’t want to get job and experiences because you too busy trying to pass your exams so you get into uni.
So, obviously prioritising now over having a job when you live home with your parents. It is quite annoying when they said you need more experiences and you look like well you know I am 20 and obviously not old enough to have years of experiences. I just now working in a restaurant and that pays my bills, so I just want some permanent and something that can actually progress more into career. Because it is a restaurant, I do a lot of different jobs, so I am face to face with customers and having different sort of skills in financial stuff and I work there for over two years. So, I feel like I know exactly what I am doing there and give me the experience sort of what people want.”
Eden, also working in a restaurant in Glasgow, said: “I think there is a lot of jobs in there that I don’t have experience for like carer jobs that I don’t have any qualification for. However, the ones that I could actually go for it, there is a large volume of people going for it, so you don’t hear back from them. They either skip a few or don’t look at everybody CV or there is just too many and they don’t have the time to get back to people.”
Meanwhile, Hannah, majoring and working in hospitality and tourism in Glasgow, has a different story, “I am graduating this year, so I am just in the process now and try to find a job after graduation. I am working in hospitality and tourism industry. Now I have a part time job while I am at uni, but I am trying to find job that would be kind of permanent. I keep seeing a lot of jobs coming up but there not relevantly similar to what I am already doing, so I am looking to try something that maybe a bet different a bet more permanent and I guess better paid. What I’ve got just now, is putting my degree to use rather than just things that I learned in the job.”
What are the solutions that Scottish government have to solve this? When trying to get an interview which a reprehensive from the Scottish government, Fiona Farr, Policy Executive in the Scottish Government’s Employment Division apologised but she shared what they are doing to help and unemployed people. The Actions Policy of the Scottish Government has various methods in developments and supports, however, I will talk about the first action that, which is Fair Start Scotland program, has paid more than £96 million and supporting 38,000 people, according to the government website.
In order to help those who looking for job, I asked Abigail Gavin, Employee Brand Specialist in Kura Recruitment, for an advice and she said: “Be social. We increasingly learn more about our new candidates online, and we are very open to being contacted. It is a candidate market and you simply have to stand out from the crowd. Companies expect you to have researched the role and the business, so always go the extra mile and prove that you are the person for the job in hand.”