In Wave 61 businesses were asked whether they are currently experiencing a shortage of workers. An estimated 34.9% of businesses reported experiencing a shortage of workers - rising to 49.8% in the Accommodation & Food Services sector, and 36.4% in the Construction sector.
The BICS also asks businesses that are experiencing a shortage of workers, about how their businesses has been affected by this – the specific question asked is shown below.
Worker Shortage question: How has the shortage of workers affected your business?
- employees working increased hours
- had to pause trading entirely
- had to pause trading of some of the business
- had to recruit temporary workers
- unable to meet demands
- not sure
- my business has not been affected
Figure 2: In Wave 61, 70.0% of businesses reported that the shortage of workers has resulted in employees working increased hours, and 33.5% of businesses reported that they have been unable to meet demands due to a shortage of workers.
Source: Office for National Statistics – BICS – Weighted Scotland Estimates – Wave 61
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