Scottish Economy

2 in 5 firms planned redundancies before furlough extension & business views on homeworking

In this latest podcast, Emma Congreve, Mairi Spowage and James Black of the FAI cover the latest findings of the Scottish Business Monitor as well as a round-up of the latest news on GDP and the labour market.

Why did 2 in 5 Scottish firms say that, before furloughing was extended, they planned make redundancies before the end of the year? What are the views of businesses on homeworking and Government? And, what does the latest GDP and jobs data tell us?


Emma Congreve, FAI
Mairi Spowage, FAI
James Black, FAI


(0:20) What is the Scottish Business Monitor?
(1:48) What does the business monitor tell us about overall business confidence?
(3:28) What does the monitor tell us about the experience of different parts of the Scottish economy?
(6:50) How are businesses changing the way we are working?
(11:10) What is the view of business on how the UK and Scottish Governments are handling the public health crisis and supporting businesses?
(14:20) How can we interpret the new labour market statistics?


James is a Fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute. He specialises in economic policy, modelling, trade and climate change. His work includes the production of economic statistics to improve our understanding of the economy, economic modelling and analysis to enhance the use of these statistics for policymaking, data visualisation to communicate results impactfully, and economic policy to understand how data can be used to drive decisions in Government.

Emma Congreve is a Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Deputy Director at the Fraser of Allander Institute. Emma's work at the Institute is focussed on policy analysis, covering a wide range of areas of social and economic policy.  Emma is an experienced economist and has previously held roles as a senior economist at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and as an economic adviser within the Scottish Government.

Mairi is the Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute. Previously, she was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Fiscal Commission and the Head of National Accounts at the Scottish Government and has over a decade of experience working in different areas of statistics and analysis.