Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey 2021

Results from the 2021 Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey.


Infographic summarising key findings from the Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey 2021

Infographic text below:

Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey 2021

Employer Characteristics

  • Small employers with 2 to 4 employees make up 50% of establishments but employ a smaller percentage (8%) of the workforce.
  • 19% of establishments that were at least 12 months old had increased their number of employees over the last year.  18% had seen a decrease.


  • In the previous 12 months 52% of employers had at least one vacancy and 46% of employers recruited staff.

Equalities and Diversity

  • 55% of employers with vacancies collect information from applicants to monitor equality and diversity.
  • 3% of employers who are aware of Gender Pay Gap legislation have changed their recruitment practices in relation to equality and diversity.

Developing the Young Workforce

  • 35% of employers had recruited an employee in their first job directly from education.
  • The majority of employers find education leavers to be ‘well’ or ‘very well’ prepared:  68% school; 78% college; and 80% university.
  • 59% of employers thought work experience is ‘critical’ or ‘significant’ when recruiting.
  • And 8% of employers provided work placements to young people at school in the last 12 months.
  • 8% offered work inspiration activities to students in the last 12 months.

Training and Apprenticeships

  • 70% of employers had provided training to their staff in the last 12 months.
  • 50% of employers were aware of Foundation Apprenticeships.
  • 19% of employers offered apprenticeships
  • And 12% currently have any staff undertaking apprenticeships at the site.
  • 90% of employers offering apprenticeships offered these to young people aged under 25.



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