Re­port says job fig­ures are up

Wishaw Press - - CEREMONY -

Em­ploy­ment num­bers have in­creased by more than 1700 in North La­nark­shire dur­ing the last year.

Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fig­ures for 2017 to 2018 show an in­crease of 570 jobs among small busi­nesses, 470 in medium sized busi­nesses and more than 680 in large com­pa­nies. This takes the to­tal em­ploy­ment head­count amongst reg­is­tered busi­nesses to 97,930 in the area, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil.

The Busi­nesses in Scot­land 2018 re­port states that the largest in­dus­try sec­tors in the area con­tinue to be whole­sale, re­tail and re­pairs and con­struc­tion – with a to­tal of 2720 busi­nesses em­ploy­ing 32,230 peo­ple.

How­ever the re­port also in­di­cates that the num­ber of whole­sale, re­tail and re­pairs com­pa­nies in North La­nark­shire has dropped by 55 and the num­ber of em­ploy­ees re­duced by 1560 be­tween 2010 and 2018. In the same time­frame, the area’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor has seen an ad­di­tional 75 busi­nesses es­tab­lished, but the num­ber of peo­ple em­ployed in the sec­tor has de­creased by 1970 (15.2 per cent).

Over the last eight years, the pro­fes­sional, sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal ac­tiv­i­ties sec­tor has seen the largest in­crease in busi­ness num­bers, ris­ing from 690 to 1035 (up 50 per cent), with the num­ber of em­ploy­ees in­creas­ing by 3150 (97.2 per cent).

The re­port shows the num­ber of for­eign-owned busi­nesses to have in­creased from 280 in 2017 to 310 in 2018. Cur­rently, 21.4 per cent of North La­nark­shire em­ploy­ees work for for­eign-owned busi­nesses.

“These fig­ures con­firm that North La­nark­shire busi­nesses are weath­er­ing well a year of na­tional po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty and eco­nomic change,” said Coun­cil­lor Al­lan Gra­ham, con­vener of en­ter­prise and hous­ing.

“We can see some pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tions of growth in new and emerg­ing sec­tors as well as in­creased lev­els of for­eign in­vest­ment in the local econ­omy. With the fastest grow­ing econ­omy in Scot­land, North La­nark­shire is the place to live, learn, work, in­vest and visit.”

Small busi­nesses saw the largest in­crease in turnover be­tween 2017 and 2018: from £2.719 bil­lion to £2.989 bil­lion (up £270 mil­lion). Turnover for medium sized busi­nesses in­creased by £ 198 mil­lion over the same pe­riod from £ 1.733 bil­lion to £ 1.931 bil­lion, while large busi­nesses saw a re­duc­tion in turnover of £737 mil­lion, from £10.587 bil­lion to £9.850 bil­lion.

Yvonne Weir, the coun­cil’s en­ter­prise man­ager said: “The fig­ures in the re­port tell of an econ­omy in tran­si­tion and this is not un­ex­pected. Some of the change may well be in­flu­enced by recog­nised na­tional trends such as de­clin­ing busi­ness num­bers and as­so­ci­ated jobs in the re­tail sec­tor.

“In our man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor we see more busi­nesses but less jobs, which tells of the pace of tech­no­log­i­cal change and ad­vances in au­to­ma­tion in the sec­tor.

“At the same time, we see our new sec­tors com­ing in to force with life science busi­nesses bur­geon­ing in num­bers and jobs.”

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