STUC on Scottish ‘Underemployment’

February 17th 2010

Commenting on publication of the full-set of labour market data for Scotland, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

“The STUC has already expressed concern at the fall in employment and significant increases in ILO and claimant count unemployment revealed by today’s data.

“It is now also apparent that we are seeing record levels of involuntary part-time and temporary working in Scotland. Beneath the surface of the headline statistics, there are thousands of people in Scotland unable to find the full-time, permanent employment they require to achieve a decent standard of living.

“Slashing public spending when the economy remains so fragile will further reduce the number of decent, full-time and permanent employment opportunities in the labour market”.

ENDS

Notes

Today’s National Statistics publication Labour Market Statistics: Scotland February 2010 confirms that:

• the number of people working in temporary jobs because they could not find permanent employment increased by 4000 or 11.8% over the year to June 2009; and

• the number of people working in part-time employment because they could not find full-time employment increased by 13,000 or 20.9% in the year to June 2009.

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