BICS weighted Scotland estimates: data to wave 63

Business Insights and Conditions Survey (BICS) weighted Scotland estimates containing data to wave 63

This is the 48th publication of weighted Scotland estimates from the ONS’ BICS. These are experimental statistics, which means that they are still in development but have been released to enable their use at an early stage. All results are provisional and subject to revision.

Latest main findings for businesses with 10+ employees and a presence in Scotland

  • in the period 8 August to 21 August 2022 (Wave 63), the main concerns for businesses for September 2022 were inflation of goods and services prices (38.5%) and energy prices (28.7%)
  • in Wave 63, 57.6% of currently trading businesses reported that the prices of materials, goods or services bought in July 2022 had increased from the previous calendar month. In contrast, only 24.1% of businesses currently trading reported that they had increased the price of goods or services sold
  • in Wave 63, over half (51.9%) of applicable businesses reported that they had been affected by the recent increase in energy prices in some way
  • in Wave 63, 38.3% of businesses reported experiencing a shortage of workers - rising to 48.8% in the Transport and storage sector, and 41.0% in the Manufacturing sector
  • in Wave 63, 67.9% of businesses reported that the shortage of workers has resulted in employees working increased hours, and 34.0% of businesses reported that they have been unable to meet demands due to a shortage of workers


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Business & Innovation Statistics

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