16 July 2013
Positive news for private sector recruitment with four out of 10
firms looking to take on new staff in the coming year
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 published today.
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
Highlighting¹the difficulty employers sometimes have in filling
specific vacancies, the survey cited engineering; management
and leadership, IT and digital and financial management as the most
Two thirds of employers would also like to see greater emphasis on
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects in the
education and training
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
"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
"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
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%).
Damien Yeates, chief executive of SDS added: "It is positive news
for the economy that so many employers are looking to recruit and
greater emphasis on STEM subjects is at the forefront of our
"The survey confirms that businesses recognise the importance of a
skilled workforce, in particular talented young people, and we are
helping them to attract the best through work such as the make
Young People Your Business campaign."
Businesses looking to hiring new staff or upskill their existing
workforce can receive support and advice from the SDS
employer services team through calling the helpline on 0800 783
6000 or by visiting OurSkillsforce.co.uk.
Find the survey results on the Our Skills Force
Find out more about the Make Young People Your
Business campaign on the Our Skills Force website here
Sets out all the skills support services available to employers
from organisations such as Skills Development Scotland, JobCentre
Plus and local authorities.
About the Skills Pulse Survey
This is the third Skills Pulse Survey undertaken every quarter
alternately with members of the Scottish Council for Development
& Industry (SCDI) and Scottish Chambers of Commerce.
SCDI has developed this edition of the Survey, with responses
collected between April and May 2013 analysed by the Training and
Employment Research Unit at the University of Glasgow. It is
supported by Skills Development Scotland.
¹Of the 79% of employers who said they had tried to fill vacancies
in the previous 12 months, 59% had found it difficult, dropping to
18% attributing the problem to the quality of
The Skills Pulse Survey provides an in-depth study of the
importance employers place on the contribution of skills to their
business success, as well as highlighting the skills and business
challenges they are currently facing.
The Skills Pulse Survey is already providing important data to
inform decision-making in Scotland's skills sector. As we move
forward, the views of employers will be invaluable to ensure the
skills in the economy match the needs of employers and that
together we can invest in people for growth.
For further information or for media interviews
Skills Development Scotland
0141 285 6051