In Wave 94, businesses were asked whether they are currently experiencing a shortage of workers.
Figure 1: In Wave 94, an estimated 25.4% of businesses reported experiencing a shortage of workers – down from 31.5% in the previous wave and the lowest percentage reported since the question was introduced in October 2021.
Estimated share of businesses experiencing a shortage of workers. Businesses not permanently stopped trading, with 10+ employees and a presence in Scotland. Applicable waves 42 to 94.
Source: BICS Weighted Scotland Estimates - Wave 94 from the Scottish Government. For Figure 1 data see table ‘WorkerShortage’.
In Wave 94, the industry sectors with the highest rates of worker shortages were Construction (38.7%) and Accommodation & Food Services (37.9%).
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
- business has not been affected
Figure 2: In Wave 94, 58.8% of businesses reported that the shortage of workers has resulted in employees working increased hours. The next most commonly reported impacts were that businesses were unable to meet demands (34.9%) and had to recruit temporary workers (18.1%).
Estimated share of businesses by impact of worker shortage. Businesses not permanently stopped trading and experiencing a worker shortage, with 10+ employees and a presence in Scotland. Wave 94 - 16 October to 29 October 2023.
Source: BICS Weighted Scotland Estimates - Wave 94 from the Scottish Government. For Figure 2 data see table ‘WorkerShortageAffected’.
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