On new ONS figures that show the unemployment rate in Scotland rose 0.4% in the three months to the end of June, Dr Liz Cameron, Director and Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“The rise in Scotland’s unemployment rate is in line with the shrinking UK economy which is cause for concern. This, combined with still rising wages, highlight the struggles employers face as the wild ride towards Brexit continues. The ONS figures report a slight increase in the number of workers from Europe in the quarter, which is typical for this time of year in the agricultural sector and underlines the need for Scotland’s businesses to continue to have access to an international workforce once Brexit takes place.
“In addition to the UK Government’s recently proposed fast-track system to attract ‘the brightest and the best,’ we also need an immigration system that is responsive to Scotland’s economic profile, regional wage levels and lower population growth rate. The expectation from business is for the new system to be settled sooner rather than later.”