BICS weighted Scotland estimates: data to wave 108

Business Insights and Conditions Survey (BICS) weighted Scotland estimates containing data to wave 108

Worker Shortage

In the period 7 May to 19 May 2024 (Wave 108), businesses not permanently stopped trading were asked if they were currently experiencing a shortage of workers.

Figure 1: In Wave 108, 23.7% of businesses reported experiencing a shortage of workers. The highest rates of worker shortage were reported by businesses in the Construction (38.3%) and Administrative and support services (33.3%) sectors.

Estimated share of businesses by whether they were currently experiencing a shortage of workers. Businesses not permanently stopped trading - with 10+ employees and a presence in Scotland. Wave 108.

A bar chart showing a shortage of workers was being experienced by an estimated 23.7% of applicable businesses in Wave 108.

Source: BICS Weighted Scotland Estimates - Wave 108 from the Scottish Government. For Figure 1 data see table ‘WorkerShortage’.


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