31 Oct 2018 10:11
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland
Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released UK Innovation Survey 2017 – Results for Scotland. This report presents the Scottish findings from the UK Innovation Survey 2017, covering the three-year period from 2014 to 2016.
The main findings are:
In Scotland, 45.0 per cent of businesses were innovation active in 2014-16, this compares to 49.0 per cent for the UK as a whole.
Between 2012-14 and 2014-16, the innovation active share in Scotland fell by 5.4 percentage points - this compares to a decrease of 4.0 percentage points for the UK as a whole.
In Scotland, the share of businesses introducing product and/or process innovations rose from 23.3 per cent in 2012-14 to 27.5 per cent in 2014-16. Whereas, the share of businesses introducing wider innovations in business practices fell from 43.2 per cent in 2012-14 to 33.3 per cent in 2014-16.
Large businesses (those with 250 or more employees) were more likely to be innovators compared to smaller businesses. In 2014-16, 43.2 per cent of small (10-49 employees) businesses in Scotland were innovation-active, down from 50.5 per cent in 2012-14. Whereas for large businesses the innovation-active share increased from 55.2 per cent in 2012-14 to 62.5 per cent in 2014-16.
Businesses in the ‘Research and experimental development on social sciences and humanities’ sector were most likely to be innovation active in 2014-16. Business in the ‘Accommodation and food services’ sector were least likely to be innovation active in 2014-16.
In Scotland, 55.3 per cent of broader innovators reported co-operating with partners to support innovation in 2014-16. This is an increase of 12.9 percentage points since 2012-2014.
The figures released today were produced in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: