Scottish Employer Skills Survey 2020 - Infographic
Small employers with 2 to 4 employees make up 50% of establishments and employ 8% of the workforce.
The largest sectors of the Scottish economy are Business Services (20% of establishments) and Wholesale & Retail (19%).
Vacancies and SSVs
11% of employers had at least one vacancy at the time of the survey…
…and 3% had at least one skill-shortage vacancy.
21% of all vacancies were skill-shortage vacancies – that is, they were hard to fill due to a lack of skills, knowledge or experience among applicants.
This was having an impact on 95% of affected employers – most commonly increasing workload for other staff.
Internal Skills Challenge
12% of employers had a skills gap within their workforce, and 4% of all employees had gap(s) in their skills.
33% of employers reported skill under-use.
74% of employers anticipated a need to upskill their staff in the coming year.
Training and Workforce Development
59% of employers had provided any training to staff in the previous year:
50% on the job
35% off the job
Overall, 45% of employers would like to have provided more training, but 55% were in “training equilibrium”.
Response to Covid-19
Overall, 76% of employers had accessed government support (65% furlough, 50% other).
12% made redundancies.
7% were classed as “High Performance Working employers”.