In Wave 73, businesses were asked whether they are currently experiencing a shortage of workers. An estimated 33.6% of businesses were experiencing a shortage of workers - rising to 58.1% in the Accommodation & Food Services sector and 57.4% in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 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 some of the business
- had to recruit temporary workers
- unable to meet demands
- not sure
- my business has not been affected
Figure 1: In Wave 73, 67.6% of businesses reported that the shortage of workers has resulted in employees working increased hours.
Source: Office for National Statistics – BICS – Weighted Scotland Estimates – Wave 73
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