1. More information on the COVID-19 protection levels can be found here.
2. March 2020 was the latest available data release at the time of reporting, as such these figures reflect the pre-COVID-19 pandemic economy.
3. For more information on how 'complex analytical skills' and other grouped skills are defined, please see 'Appendix B – Grouped codes'.
4. In this section, results are based on employers where all their hard-to-fill vacancies were caused at least in part by skill shortages. This is because the questionnaire asked about the impact of hard-to-fill vacancies. We can therefore only be certain that impacts reported by employers refer to SSVs rather than other hard-to-fill vacancies where all their hard-to-fill vacancies are SSVs.
5. For more information on how 'digital skills' and other grouped skills are defined, please see 'Appendix B – Grouped codes'.
6. For more information on how 'operational skills' and other grouped skills are defined, please see 'Appendix B – Grouped codes'.
7. The figure involves an element of over counting in that employers are asked about the number of staff trained over the last 12 months, whether or not they still work at the site. Hence someone who was trained at a site in the last 12 months but who left to join another employer who provided that person with training would be counted twice (if both employers were interviewed for the survey).
8. The latest available Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics at the time of reporting are available here.
9. The 17% in West Lothian figure is quoted here as it falls among the highest proportions making redundancies, however this figure (unlike the other two quoted) does not reach statistical significance due to the low base size.
10. Note 2011 figures results were reweighted to 2+ employment in 2013. Therefore, the revised results are published alongside the 2013 reports. The 2011 data tables can be found here.
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