Job con­cerns

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Al­most 8,000 peo­ple in Dum­fries and Gal­loway are em­ployed in de­clin­ing in­dus­tries.

Fig­ures from the Of­fice of Na­tional Statis­tics have re­vealed about 12 per cent of all work­ing peo­ple in the re­gion are in­volved in in­dus­try which is be­gin­ning to die out.

Roughly 68,000 peo­ple in the re­gion are in the work­ing age group mean­ing 7,820 face an un­cer­tain fu­ture when it comes to their em­ploy­ment.

A de­clin­ing in­dus­try is de­fined as one that has seen a drop in Gross Value Added over the last 15 years – which means the amount that in­dus­try con­trib­utes to the econ­omy has been fall­ing.

Ex­am­ples of de­clin­ing in­dus­tries in­clude re­tail jobs in books, games and mu­sic and the man­u­fac­tur­ing of chem­i­cal and me­tal prod­ucts.

An­other ex­am­ple is the print me­dia as well as pro­gram­ming and broad­cast­ing in ra­dio.

Across Scot­land as many as 350,000 work­ers in Scot­land are em­ployed in de­clin­ing lines of work.

How­ever, it’s not just whole in­dus­tries that are on the de­cline – spe­cific jobs in al­most ev­ery sec­tor are see­ing signs of dy­ing out.

Across the coun­try, 29 per cent of peo­ple work in de­clin­ing oc­cu­pa­tions which means that they have de­clined in em­ploy­ment by more than 10 per cent over an 11 year pe­riod.

It means as many as 700,000 peo­ple across Scot­land could strug­gle to find sim­i­lar roles to the one they’re in now when it comes to fu­ture em­ploy­ment.

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