BICS weighted Scotland estimates: data to wave 66

Business Insights and Conditions Survey (BICS) weighted Scotland estimates containing data to wave 66

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Worker Shortages

In Wave 66 businesses were asked whether they are currently experiencing a shortage of workers. An estimated 41.6% of businesses reported experiencing a shortage of workers - rising to 53.7% in the Accommodation & Food Services 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
  • other
  • not sure
  • my business has not been affected

Figure 1: In Wave 66, 62.7% of businesses reported that the shortage of workers has resulted in employees working increased hours, and 37.2% of businesses reported that they have had to recruit temporary workers.A bar chart showing that, in Wave 66, 62.7% of businesses reported that the shortage of workers resulted in employees working increased hours

Source: Office for National Statistics – BICS – Weighted Scotland Estimates – Wave 66


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