Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey 2019

Published: 10 Dec 2019 09:30

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published statistics on Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey 2019.

The Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey (EPS) 2019 is a large-scale telephone survey of 2,652 employers in Scotland.

It provides labour market information on how employers engage with the skills system in Scotland, including: 

• their recruitment of new staff
• their perceptions of new recruits (including young people and education leavers) 
• their engagement with training providers
• their offering of work placements and apprenticeships

Key findings include:

• 48% of employers have had at least one vacancy in the previous 12 months
• 30% of employers had recruited an employee in their first job directly from education. This is a decrease from 32% in 2016
• The majority of employers find their education leavers to be ‘well’ or ‘very well’ prepared for work
       o 58% for school leavers (decrease from 65% in 2016)
       o 74% for college leavers (decrease from 80% in 2016)
       o 78% for university leavers (decrease from 84% in 2016)
• 36% of employers provided any type of work placement in the last 12 months. This is a decrease from 39% in 2016. The main barriers cited for not offering work placements were structural (68%), i.e. had no suitable roles (38%) or lacked the time and resources to do so (20%)
• 70% of employers provided training to their staff in the preceding year. This is a decrease from 73% in 2016. 31% of employers have arranged or funded training designed to lead to a recognised vocational qualification in the last 12 months (an increase from 26% in 2016)
• 16% of employers offered apprenticeships in 2019 (an increase from 15% in 2016)
• 51% of employers who have experienced a vacancy collected information to monitor the diversity of applicants. 82% of employers with a vacancy could not identify any specific action they have taken to attract and encourage a diverse range of applicants


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