Sunday, 21 July 2013
Scottish businesses looking to expand
An increasing number of business leaders across Scotland are planning to recruit over the coming year, according to a Skills Development Scotland (SDS) supported report.
[Pictured: Gareth Williams, Head of Policy at SCDI]
Carried out by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), the survey shows that 38% of private sector employers expect to increase employment over the next 12 months - up from 27% just six months ago.
Employers also emphasised the benefit of hiring fresh talent, with 61% agreeing that ‘young people bring ICT capabilities’ to their organisation.
Highlighting the difficulty employers sometimes have in filling specific vacancies, the survey cited engineering; management and leadership, IT and digital and financial management as the most challenging.
Two thirds of employers would also like to see greater emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects in the education and training system.
Gareth Williams, Head of Policy at SCDI said: “The results of this survey are encouraging. They demonstrate that, while economic conditions remain difficult for many employers, they are becoming more bullish on employment, a sign of increasing confidence.
“Attracting and developing people with the right skills is a key factor for businesses as they aim to grow, and the survey highlights their priorities, such as an increased focus on science, technology and engineering.
“Employers are clearly saying that they want government and public agencies to build on the significant progress which is being made in aligning their support with the job opportunities businesses are creating.”
The survey reflects the opinions of the SCDI membership, with responses coming from across the private sector (76%), the public sector (13%) and the third sector (10%).
Businesses looking to hire new staff or upskill their existing workforce can receive support and advice from the SDS employer services team by calling the helpline on 0800 783 6000.