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Report – Scotland’s invisible people

People with learning disabilities have much to offer Scotland, yet they often feel left behind. In our latest research project, we analyse the support and opportunities available to adults with learning disabilities in Scotland. Read the full report here.

Orkney Islands Economic Review

Orkney is a unique economy within Scotland and has a number of economic strengths that are evidenced throughout this report. We discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing this Island economy.

Buchanan Street Glasgow looking busy

Latest data on the Scottish economy – Update 11th September 2020

This update provides a snapshot of new data on the Scottish economy and households based on data released in the last fortnight. Last month we had official confirmation that Scotland was in a recession in the first half of the year and earlier this month we discussed that the recovery from this recession is likely going to be K-shaped with different sectors experiencing varied recovery times.

Labour market change by occupation during lockdown

Labour market data for the second quarter of 2020 indicates that the headline working age employment rate remained remarkably stable during the lockdown. But under the surface there have been significant changes in labour market activity – notably in terms of hours worked – and the pattern of these changes differs substantially across occupations. Employment in low-paid occupations has declined (offset by increased employment in high-paid occupations), whilst employees in low-paid occupations are much more likely to have been furloughed than those in higher paid occupations. This article documents these changes and discusses some implications.

Not o-K.. the shape of the recovery to come

Hope of a sharp bounce back – a ‘v-shaped’ recovery – have all but disappeared. The fear is that the recovery will be long leading to a ‘U’ or ‘bathtub’ shaped recovery.
But there is increasing evidence to suggest that an alternative ‘shaped’ recovery is on the horizon – a ‘k’ shaped recovery.

Scottish business monitor shows sentiment improving, but outlook concerning

Latest data on the Scottish economy – Update 28th August 2020

This update provides a snapshot of new data on the Scottish economy and households based on data released in the last fortnight. It has been confirmed that Scotland was in recession in the first half of 2020, and indications for the start of the second half of the year show things improving, but still below pre-Covid baselines in many cases.

Blue Sky(scanner) thinking….

If you’re depressed reading the debates around GERS over the last day and want to feel a bit more motivated and optimistic about things, read this review of the “Scottish Technology Ecosystem”.